Saturday, April 3, 2010

Contentment, Fame, and The Human Condition

(Nothing else matters. Our world is complete. Our bliss everlasting. Can we ever feel that way again?)

This won't be the kind of article that tries to propose the answers to a problem, simply because this problem is a part of the human condition. It's a problem that baffles me and takes over a strong majority of my life.

To answer it would quell a lot of secondary and tertiary problems that result because of it but to answer it takes an immense amount of contemplation and forward thought.



Why am I not content? Why do i want more and why do I not settle for what's obviously amazingly good already?

If you look at my particular situation, I'm in the top 1% of the world's population as a factor of wealth. Most people in the world have significantly less than me, and that fact never escapes my mind, and yet I want more. Why?

Are any people content with what they have or are we all facing this condition together, some facing it better than the rest?

Maybe we can gain clues by looking into the lives of those who live contently. The people that feel they have everything they need to live sufficiently happy.


A possible Clue

I saw a great video with philosophers, lawyers, and economists all debating certain issues of the time and one point was raised that really inspired a lot of thought. Go to the 35 minute mark to see the part I'm speaking about.

A reference to the great philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau is made, when he mentions that happiness is the relationship between the gap in what you want and what you're able to get.

So maybe that's it. Maybe I'm so discontented because I know how much greatness awaits out there for the top .001% of the world. Maybe being forced to view such greatness for so many years has skewed my picture of happiness.

In that case, what am I supposed to do? How do I unskew my view of the world and show myself that I'm happy as I am now.



This all builds to fame, which can be seen as an outlet to happiness. But most people who have learned anything about fame, know that Fame sucks.

It's hard to be anything but frank about this topic. There is very little upside to the world that is fame because your whole life and privacy is in one quick swoop, annexed and taken over by the world.

Fame is a plague on the life of a person, and one that keeps chipping away at your self esteem and your view of the world.

But I and a lot of others are willing to do certain things to obtain it. Why?

Why isn't our logic strong and clear enough to keep us away from that hole? If given the chance, most people, regardless of how bad they know fame is, do take it. Why?

What is with our human condition that lowers us to these levels and makes us so unsatisfied, and so illogical.



At the end of the day, we want fame, and contentment for one simple reason; happiness.

We want that calm bliss, sitting in our boat on the lake, as the water softly ripples beneath us. We want the world to turn endlessly all around us, as we sit, content in our own little world as if nothing can intervene in this sanctified land.

We want felicity. I love that world by the way; it's so poetic and illustrative of the world I'm trying to create.

Felicity, pure pleasure and an endless calm that quells every throb inside us.

So why is that such a hard place to reach, and why can't a member of the top 1% of the world, reach it?

We have more riches than any time before us, and any empire before us, and still we want, desire, and need more?


Why are humans so greedy?

Maybe the human condition is simply our inability to look at what we have, and just accept it fully. After all, won't there always be someone who has more?

I can say this fully and with no regrets though: The human condition can not be answered logically and reasoned through. We already have many reasons not to be greedy, yet we still partake in that past time.

To quell my heart in this matter and polish my world view will require an experience or a feeling in this world, that will forever calm me for the rest of my time here.

Whatever experience that is, will make me a better person. It will allow me to enjoy what I have and to stop wanting for more.

If you've found this experience and quelled your desires, than consider yourself the Nobility of the world.

To be without want is to not want to find being; especially through material gains.

May we all reach that felicity some day.

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