Sunday 20 May 2018

Brendan O'Connor: Were we ever as happy as we were during the snow?

In terms of meaningful lives, there are a lot of lessons to be taken from how we coped with the recent weather event, writes Brendan O'Connor

Slide to happiness: Children playing in the snow at Monread, Naas, Co Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin
Slide to happiness: Children playing in the snow at Monread, Naas, Co Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It might sound odd, but when do you last remember Irish people being as happy as they were during the snow? And yes, I know it was a difficult time and a lot of people were struggling. But happiness does not necessarily equate with things being easy, does it?

The truth is that underneath the struggle, underneath the moaning, underneath the inability to get milk, underneath the being stuck in the house, underneath the troubles of farmers and rural dwellers, there lurked many of the things that make us happy.

There was the connectedness, for example. There was a huge sense of community, of togetherness. Strangers all spoke to each other, we all had this huge common experience. During the snow, there was very little of the alienation that characterises modern life.

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