The Pursuit of Happiness.
Happiness is one of those things that we strive to achieve in every aspect of our lives, to make an otherwise boring, mundane and painful life, more bearable.
We seek it in many different forms. Wealth, Occupation, Position/Status, Relationships, Knowledge, Possessions, Success… and the list continues.
Not unexpectedly, we then fall into the trap where we equate the quality of our lives to the extent to which we have achieved these various elements. Our life, and our desire to live it, becomes proportional to the amount of material “happiness” we have accumulated and posses.
This is dangerous.
If we were to lose our wealth, our life would then instantly become not worth living.
If we were to lose our job, our life turns into the nightmare we were trying to avoid.
If we were to lose a relationship (or in some cases, if we can’t find one), we live in a wallow of loneliness and emptiness.
If we were to lose all our possessions, our life returns to its painful state.
And thus, we deem ourselves unhappy. We perhaps even enter into a mild depression. You lose all motivation to even uphold the qualities that defined you while you were “happy”. They are no longer worth the effort. You’ve lost your true self, your personality; your integrity is compromised. The appeal of life, suddenly vanishes.
Happiness can be dangerous. This method by which we define the quality of our life on material aspects of this world is worst trap we could fall into.
Why would you invest your time and strength into a temporary fix? A short-term happiness?
I am not saying that these things in themselves are bad. I am saying that the weighting of importance we give these temporary pleasures can be catastrophic.
There must be…… There is….. another solution.