The Pursuit Of Happiness

 “Three essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

-Joseph Addison
In 1776, rebels from the English colony of America wrote a declaration. This declaration stated their autonomy from the political system of Great Britain, as well as declaring some human truths.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These men then fought with their lives in the hopes of winning freedom, so that generations unborn may pursue happiness.

Today, we live in a world dominated by the western beliefs and philosophies of these revolutionaries. We also happen to live at a time where the conditions of man are at a golden age of development and prosperity. Never before has the world been able to live so comfortably, provided adequate access to resources.

Yet, at a time when conditions and opportunities have never been better, the masses of the world are still generally very unhappy. In 2017, the Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness found that only 33% of Americans polled that they were generally happy. Keep in mind that this report polls individuals from 156 different countries. In 2017, the United States polled as the 14th happiest nation, out of that 156.

This means that more than 90% of the population of the world is at a state where under one-third of its people are happy.

It is ironic how in an age of space exploration, where man is planning on putting himself on Mars, he cannot put happiness into the minds of the men and women on Earth.

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

-MLK


If humanity is to survive into these next coming millennia, mankind must develop its thoughts and feelings at the rate which it develops its technology and machines. If man cannot keep the balance of harmony between his mind and the physical universe, man can only expect disharmony from the world, until it leads to his ultimate demise.

But there is hope.

If the sum average of the human mind were to develop itself to where the majority of individuals were not only wise but happy, humanity can expect for itself a new age prosperity and enlightenment. This would be an age where the rivers of abundance may flow between both the mind and the physical universe.

In this better version of the future, children may have the proper guidance to ascend their minds as high as the heights at which we ascend our astronauts. In this version of the future, children may be brought up, rather than down. In this future, dreams will be valued as much as practicality; and all individuals will be given the opportunity to develop themselves to their fullest potential. In this type of world, one may pursue that which brings them happiness, with no restraint from the self-imposed barriers influenced by the pessimism from an out of touch society.

But, where do we go from here?

In order to bring about such a society, one must develop oneself to his or her highest potential, bringing their best to them-self and the world. Interestingly enough, it is believed that happiness is the byproduct of self-satisfaction. To be truly satisfied, you must be satisfied with yourself.
If you live a life where you constantly pursue;
1. a purpose;
2. the best attainable outcomes; and
3. the best version of you;

Do you believe it is possible that you could create a life for yourself where you could honestly say you are happy?

In this life there are things we can control, and then there is everything else. We cannot control what other people think, nor can we control some of the circumstances which the universe brings about. However, we can control how we wish to look at the world, and how we wish respond to it. If you wish to seek a better world, seek the betterment of yourself, and add value to the world from your own doing.

We have the ability to set our own sails on this voyage that we call life. Set it towards the shores which bring you happiness.

“When the winds begin to blow, and the skies begin to hail, seek great wisdom as you go, and set the better sail.”

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