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Thought Number 7 Cows don’t suffer from Status Anxiety

Life seems a process of replacing one anxiety with another and substituting one desire for another – which is not to say that we should never strive to overcome any anxieties or fulfil any desires, but that we should perhaps build into our strivings an awareness of the way our goals promise us levels of rest and resolution that they cannot, by definition, deliver.

Well, this is the kind of thing I and many of my friends have been musing on and grappling with for years, put here so eloquently by Alain de Botton in his book Status Anxiety. During a recent conversation with my friends E and G, we agreed that the pursuit of happiness was a non project that needed to be abandoned.

One of the many great things about cows is they don’t seem to suffer from this very human affliction. They may have a pecking order but once that’s established they just get on with life. Their meditation is eating grass and ruminating. I shall take note.

Introducing the cows…

Hello I’m Belita. I’m small and perfectly formed though I’m rather timid. Lucy is my big sister and she really bosses me around. 


Hello I’m Lucy. I’ve got big horns and I’m quite a beauty with a strong character.

Hello I’m Mary-Rose. To be honest you won’t find me in the show ring but all this pedigree nonsense is eugenics by another name isn’t it?

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  1. Oh I love this blog! You write so beautifully and I particularly liked your introductory paragraph too. That old pursuit of happiness… a very interesting topic indeed. Good thoughts to start the blueberry picking morning 🙂 Thank you! x

    August 28, 2012
    • Thanks very much! Picking blueberries just the right activity for musing 🙂 x

      August 28, 2012
  2. Harriet #

    Obviously I am very pleased with this post as my middle name is Lucy and now I can identify with a strongminded cow. Hurrah!

    August 28, 2012
    • Yes you can invoke her spririt whenever needed! 🙂 She’s a bit of a glutton too a trait which I’m sure you’ll not want to emulate…

      August 29, 2012

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