Tuesday, October 4, 2016

#434 : Day Twelve - The Pursuit of Happiness


Note : This post is not about the movie with the same title (albeit the "y" in place of "i"). 

"Depression" has become an alarmingly common word these days. Imagine a 15 year old teenage telling that they are felling depressed as their simple worldly desires aren't fulfilled. Has the world become a big bad place, sucking out happiness out of the fragile human soul? Are we surrounded by Dementors?

Of course not. We can't possibly change the way the world looks at us, however, we can change the way we look at the world. Change is a simple and easy word to throw in but is it easy to change perspectives, attitudes and our basic mental make up in pursuit on happiness? Pico Iyer's essay on The New York times got me pondering. In his essay, he talks about his conversation with  His Holiness The Dalai Lama about happiness. One thing lead to another and before I knew I was ardently studying his interview snippets and teachings, hoping to stumble upon a mechanism to be happy.

It is easy to want to pursue happiness. It is even easier to actually try. One simply has to begin thinking and acting. The difficulty lies in thinking. Immaterial of what we read and what we see, how do we even define the very concept of happiness? How do we know for sure that performing a certain act can leave us happy? The bigger question however is, if our definition of happiness fits into the society's definition and if it doesn't cause harm or sadness to others. The former part of that line of thought arises from the basic human need to belong which again hinders that quest for happiness and at times siphons out every ounce of happiness we already have within us. Back to square one, aren't we?

Can realism be the solution for the eternal quest of happiness?

I Wonder.



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