Totally wrong about dogs – unless you are talking about those little tiny rat-like dogs that are kept in women’s purses. Then – spot on.
This is genius, Ian! I am particularly struck by your inclusion of blitheness as pretty much our neutral state, in between detachment and contentment. Because my name, Bliss, has a common etymology with blithe, it’s a word I’ve often wondered about. Especially because it means both merry AND indifferent, which makes me think that a state of joy necessarily precludes having empathy for others. I don’t think that has to be true, but maybe it is true a lot of the time. Anyway, nice entry!
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