September 9, 2021
5 min

Pursuit Of Happiness

Live Long Enough and You’ll Become a Philosopher - Batman & Naval Ravikant

Now, this is where many get confused..

How do you reach health, wealth and happiness? 

The answer here is in understanding spiritual sanity, and eventually decreasing and eliminating desires. Now, you may ask why do people 'want more' from every aspect of life. How does wanting more lead to eliminating desires?

In the old age, routes to finding peace and happiness was to become a monk, renouncing attachments. Truth is, giving up desires doesn't mean have no desires, instead understand this as a force you need to conquer and not let it drive your life. However, while you indulge in these desires, make sure these are grounded in constructivism and not immoral actions.

“It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” - Shakespeare

In modern society, the notion of turning unhappiness into happiness revolves around self actualization. Happiness is multi faceted, it can mean different things to different people.

- Pleasure
- Peace
- Joy
- Bliss
- Enlightenment
- Being Content

We don't have an algorithm to conceive happiness, its more like poetry. Treat happiness as a capability, that you develop as you progress through life, you can master it in each walks of life.

Simple way people work around desires and happiness -> 

Step 1 : People become unhappy, chasing something they want, live in misery till they get what they want.

Step 2: When you get that thing, you revert to the original state of "WANT" and wanting something else


We don't have a formula for happiness, but if you're so smart why aren't you happy? 

Attaining peace will lead to happiness, if you're smart you can be healthy, wealthy, and content (within constraints). The goal is not become buddha, its not about attaining peace of mind but peace from mind.

You can argue, if you're so happy, peaceful and content, it is less likely you will launching rockets to mars. But, in the modern age do you want to be the best at your trade by working the hardest and suffering from misery or working the least for it and work more intelligently for it? We all know the answer.

Do not seek pleasure for its own sake,
Be detached from desire your whole life long,
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world

- Miyamoto Musashi