Some of the easiest money a writer can make are producing articles and books about the “the search” for happiness or enlightenment. There is only one conclusion I can come to from all of this: we must be actively avoiding the answer because we love the quest more than we love the goal. We don’t want this search to end.
It is an act of courage to remain unreasonable and unjustifiable except for the pleasure of it. But giving in to logic in this way comes at a price. We instantly dehumanize the notion of socializing and turn it into something justifiable for other reasons.
Something this seemingly elusive must be actively hiding from us; probably hiding in plain sight. In other words, hiding in the place we are least likely to look. As in: the very thing we believe is helping us find this answer is actually what is keeping us from it.
A vibrant and fully alive person is your natural state. That is the description of a state of being, not appearances or even performance. If you’re not experiencing that state now, it is only because something unnatural is going on in and around you.
We’ve all heard about the vows of silence taken by devout and reclusive monks as a way to achieve enlightenment. That long-standing strategy suggests that there is something about language that creates an obstacle to self-discovery.