Archive for August, 2009

Happiness, Dilemma and Difference

We often think that happiness is reserved only for wealthy people, who have enough money to satisfy all their wishes. The problem is that happiness implies two dimensions that are contrary one with another. The first dimension form the foundation on which is built personal happiness and it don’t require money or wealth to reach it (but it’s problematic to reach it when you make and have a lot of money), this is inner peace. The second dimension of happiness presuppose, more or less, financial resources to achieve it and it is about pleasant experiences (beginning with most diverse food and drink and ending with most exotic traveling and adventure).

The biggest dilemma of a human individual is this: if he is making a lot of money, is very hard for him to reach inner peace (which is a sine qua non component of happiness); if he don’t have a lot of money, he can’t taste too many and diverse pleasant experiences.

For the one who make a lot of money is very hard (even if not impossible) to be peaceful and restful, because making of, handling of and keeping of money require un exhaustible intellectual (his mind is always busy to think to diverse combinations and variants for making money and also his mind is hunted by the fear of losing them) and physical (a terrible running against time) effort. However, in the scarce time which he can steal from this financial agitation or rat race (a few minutes per day and a few days per year for holidays), he who make a lot of money can have access, due to his money, to the most diverse and pleasant experiences. Be careful though, pleasure doesn’t equal happiness, but is only a component of it. A person can be unhappy even while is consuming the most pleasant experiences. (more…)