When I was a child, I believed that if it made me happy, then it was good. And if it made me unhappy, it was bad. In my head, it was a very simple calculation.
Make Me Happy = GOOD
Make Me Unhappy = BAD
As far as I was concerned, the whole purpose of life was for my happiness and my pleasure.
Taking medicine didn’t make me happy so, by my Life Mathematics, it was bad. So was vegetables… and discipline.
Taking unlimited supplies of bars of sweets and chocolate made me happy so, by my Life Mathematics, it was good. So was playing in the sand… and living without a care or direction.
But at some point in time, we must grow up. And with our growth must come the realisation that, despite what Hollywood would have us believe, life is much more than the mindless pursuit of happiness.
It is possible to be blissfully happy doing what will eventually destroy us and cause others needless, avoidable pain. And it is possible that certain things that bring us pain and discomfort in the short term are actually “working for us a far more exceeding weight of glory”, building us into better people, and more valuable beings.
Killing people makes some people happy. Making other people sad and hurting them makes some people happy. Jumping all over the place from one place to the other, seeking sources of debauchery and living a reckless, valueless, no-care-in-the-world kind of life makes some people happy. But there must be more to life than this.
I know this now. I didn’t know this as a child.
As I have grown, and though it may sound harsh, I have lost interest in what makes people happy. I am more invested in what makes them grow in line with purpose.
Eventually, the path of purpose will lead to happiness. But the path of happiness doesn’t always lead to purpose. Sometimes, it leads in the very opposite direction.
Children don’t know this.
[to be continued]
I VALue You!
AKPOVETA, Valentine ‘t
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