The key to true happiness

I know that that the title of this blog post has probably blown your mind. If you are living in Western Europe or the US, you’re probably quite intrigued. Why? The fact that I even mentioned happiness should draw your attention because a lot of people are under the impression that happiness is simply not possible. We chase and chase after happiness but we’re no closer to catching. Similarly, we buy one trinket after another only to end up feeling empty and directionless.

As an absolute concept, happiness is a relic of the past, much like the concept of truth. Welcome to the age of post modernism. Ideas regarding family, identity, truth, happiness, the good life, all of that are actually under assault at least since the 1960’s.

We have been told that there is no such thing as true happiness just as there is no such thing as the truth. Your truth may be different from somebody else’s because you’ve lived different lives and you have different experiences. This is what passes for conventional wisdom.

It’s no surprise that anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication and pain killers are always in the top ten of the most prescribed and most purchased pharmaceutical items in the US. We are over medicated, over stressed, freaked out and unhappy. This is the true state of the American consciousness.

Sure there’s a lot of stuff. Lots of houses, cars on the road and a lot of creature comforts. But we pay a very high price for all of that. This is one message that you don’t get because in modern American mythology, the more stuff you have, the happier you are. The more people salute you, the more fulfilled you should be.

In other words, your identity and your happiness are dependent on stuff that’s outside of you. It’s very rare for people to contest this, but it needs to be challenged because to quote from the classic movie Fight Club, “we buy stuff we don’t even need with cash we don’t have to impress people we don’t even like.”

In other words, we’re caught in this bottomless pit of consumerism trying to replace substance with stuff. That’s like trying to confuse price with values. That’s just not going to happen. So what is the key to true happiness? Honesty.

When you look at the world with honesty and sincerity in your heart without falling for the trappings, the hypocrisy, the packaging, you will see the way things are. You will see how things really exist and this is where happiness comes from because you can choose to be happy despite the reality of pain, temporariness and ultimately, disappointment.

Don’t let anybody take that choice away from you.

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