Rasselas, una fábula clásica sobre la felicidad

Rasselas, una fábula clásica sobre la felicidad, ésta es una de esas fábulas que calan cuando las lees, nos lleva a la reflexión sobre uno de los tópicos más importantes de la vida, la felicidad, la elusiva felicidad y las elecciones, porque es cierto, tenemos que hacer muchas buenas y malas decisiones en la búsqueda de esa felicidad, y quizá no la encontremos, quizá empeñemos las ansias en las personas equivocadas, quizá un día constatemos que lo que pensabamos no es lo que nos hace realmente felices, y pensar en ello suele ser complicado, como todos los ángulos de la vida personal todo es diferente para cada uno, y pensando en la felicidad, recordé esta fábula que leí años atrás en mi curso de literatura contemporánea inglesa, que debe reconocer no tenía nada de contemporánea, porque la fábula que hoy les cuento es de la Inglaterra del 1700 del autor Samuel Johnson, y mucho ha llovido desde entonces y seguira siendo aun atractiva, porque ¿hemos renunciado a ir en pos de la felicidad?

Samuel Johnson escribió Rasselas y sorprendió gratamente a sus contemporáneos, era la época de los relatos en tierras distantes y exóticas, y Johnson un creyente de la justicia y de las causas como la abolición de la exclavitud partió de Rasselas que también se intituló “Una decisión de vida” para escribir sobre temas como el abolicionismo, el derecho a justicia e igualdad. Una fábula que algunos considerarían una novela, pero que tampoco lo es, pero que supone un ejercicio literario que llama la atención sobre aspectos importantes de la vida y las decisiones.

Rasselas es un príncipe de Abisinia confinado a un jardín con palacio maravilloso a donde esperar que el orden de sucesión le lleve al trono, cansado de esa vida tranquila y sin complicaciones, se piensa que la felicidad es algo que no ha comprobado ahí y que quizá deba ir en pos de ella, su viaje con algunas aventuras le lleva al Cairo y otros lugares e igual comprueba que la felicidad no está en otras partes como pensaría y que es algo más que lo que pensaba, decide volver con sus acompañantes a casa y concluir que la felicidad puede ser el conocimiento, el hogar, una reinvidicación de que la felicidad está, así nos lo plantea Johnson, en los sentimientos nada más. Me encanta. Y les encantará descargarlo para leerlo pinchando aquí. Rasselas fue una gran influencia en la literatura inglesa y ha sido citada en la obra de grandes escritores como las hermanas Brönte.

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