Greedy, Power Hungry Sex Addicts and Washington: Don’t Worry Be Happy Congressman Lee
Congressman Chris Lee is yet another in a long list of Washington lawmakers regretting his actions. Apology accepted congressman, now move on. Why is this a continual theme among politicians? Why can’t anyone in DC just be faithful to their spouse? And why do we care if they are?
In these troubled times, we need our leaders to have clear vision, not be blinded by their passions for money, power and sex.
The bottom line is we need our politicians to be happy. What? Yes, you read me right. We just need our politicians to be happy.
The study of happiness is a relatively new area of research called positive psychology positivepsychology. I am enamored with this field of study, because it seems to offer so many solutions to so many of our problems.
So, what makes people happy? Money? Power and influence? Beauty? Education? Health? Positive psychologists have found that these things actually have very little influence on a person’s happiness. So, what did they find?
Temperance, courage, wisdom and knowledge, justice, humanity and love, optimism, and transcendence are the characteristics that happy people possess.
I want to point out that many of the leading positive psychologists are not fundamentalist Christians or religious fanatics, most are agnostics or atheists. They are simply intellectually honest men and women searching for the answer to the age old question of “what makes us happy.’
I believe that the foundation of all these characteristics is self control made up of temperance and courage. Without self control, the passion that is “out of control” becomes a dead weight dragging the person down. Addictions to alcohol, drugs and sex are very extreme examples of how appetites run amuck can ruin a person life. For politicians, it seems to start with the appetite for power and then snowballs into the rest of a person’s appetites.Continued on the next page