22 Words

Saved so far. Join the Cause!

Why you’re both sad

Apr 13, 2010 By Abraham

He can’t be happy
when there is so much suffering in the world
She can’t be happy
if he is unhappy

She wants to be happy
He does not feel entitled to be happy

She wants him to be happy
and he wants her to be happy

He feels guilty if he is happy
and guilty if she is not happy

She wants both to be happy

He wants her to be happy

So they are both unhappy

-R. D. Laing, Knots, 27


  1. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for posting this, I linked to it on my most private and adolescent-y blog. This sums up my life right now. And there never was even an offical “we two”.

  2. Karen says:

    Lol, I feel that was written to my hubby and I sometimes! We all have those moments! One of my most used lines in an argument is “I just want you to be happy..” Thanks for posting!

As seen on Huffington Post, CNN, BuzzFeed, New York Times, Scientific American, Mentalfloss, USA Today, Funny or Die, Gawker, Gizmodo, Laughing Squid, Boing Boing, Hot Air, Jezebel, Neatorama

About 22 Words

22 Words collects a blend of everything from the serious and creative to the silly and absurd. As your source for the crazy, curious, and comical side of the web, 22 Words can be counted on to share funny and fascinating viral content as well as more obscure (but equally interesting) pictures, videos, and more.

© 2016 | 22 Words

Privacy Policy