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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It Ain't For Sale

Some things can never be bought, no matter how much you may believe otherwise. My favorite non-saleable? That would be happiness.

You see, I just don't think that there is anything you can buy that can truly make you happy. Can you buy things that can momentarily bring you some joy? Sure, but true happiness doesn't come from without, it comes from within.

Believing that having a "thing" brings about happiness is nothing more than another form of addiction. Conceptually, that parent who buys their children every toy imaginable because they think it will make their kids "happy" isn't all that far from the drug addict who believes that just one more "hit" and the pain will all go away. No, the pain will still be there when the drugs fade from the system or when the toy becomes an object of boredom.

It doesn't stop there. I'm currently embroiled in a struggle with others about making long-term decisions. Specifically...

On one side of the fence we have those who believe that all that matters is that we make decisions now that make folks immediately happy. Give them what they want, after all we want people to be "happy", right? Life is short.

On the other side of the fence (my side), I believe that you have to think about the long-term consequences of actions. If you do something now that makes you immediately happy but yet could cause real, tangible harm in the future, then maybe it's not such as wise decision. Actions have consequences, and simply choosing not to think about them is short-sighted and stupid.

Hey, in the end you chose your reality. I have this sneaking suspicion though that some realities may be a bit more "real" than others.

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