On “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

A child’s first exposure to Enthusiasm often comes ensconced and coded in the verses of the children’s song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” To wit: “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,” or, in the version I favor, “shout ‘Hurray!'” A nitpicking Enthusiast—of which there are few, for nitpicking is a mild form of naysaying, and Enthusiasm is, above all, the committed practice of yea-saying—a nitpicking Enthusiast would nitpick that the sentiment would be more precise thus: “If you are, and grow in awareness that this are-ness fills the ground of your being with a foundation composed of great joy and Enthusiasm, shout ‘Hurray’.” But try setting that to music.


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