A friend sent me the following quotation from Jacques Lacan’s Ethics of Psychoanalysis:
“I hardly need to remind you of the story of the individual who emigrated from Germany to America and who was asked, ‘Are you happy?’ ‘Oh, yes, I am very happy,’ he answered, ‘I am really very, very happy, aber nicht glücklich!’”
I wasn't familiar with the story. Has anyone actually come across happy but unglücklich Germans abroad? I’m interested in immigrant emotions generally, so similar references would also interest me.
Alison Clark Efford