“The gift of happiness is imagined here in terms of civility. Human happiness is increased through the courts (law/justice), knowledge (reason), and manners (culture, habits). Civilization is imagined first as what is brought to ‘their doors’ and second as an irresistible moral pressure.”
“Colonial knowledges constitute the other as not only an object of knowledge, a truth to be discovered, but as being unhappy, as lacking the qualities or attributes required for a happier state of existence.”
She texts him, I hope your day is steady.
Not good, not bad. Steady.
Because well-wishes for the day are bullshit when you’re depressed. She knows this.
She knows this but it’s a struggle. It’s so much easier to say, I hope you have a good day, and leave it there, hanging in the air, empty and pretending.
It’s so much easier to say, I hope you have a better day today babe.
But getting better comes at a cost greater than the struggle. Struggle, steadily. Well-wishes may be for bullshitters, but what other vocabulary do we got? There will be no justice within imperialist utilitarianism.
Have a steady day.