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.
How would it land with you to read an inspirational book that was sprinkled with unfamiliar quotes presented without attribution? Would that occur as annoying or as diminishing of the message in any way? Or, would it encourage you to re-read the quote and allow it to sink in a little deeper with the goal of truly seeing how it may contribute to your life, regardless of who first wrote it?
This is important because being rich has always been available to anyone willing to sell the lives of others down the river for their own financial gain. And, in this country at least, they will be called “successful” for it. There are, of course, other ways to make money, but all of them require someone to be fully in touch with their humanity…
Winning is not the goal of governing; providing an environment that nurtures our humanity is. That means those who believe in and practice democracy must graciously allow and even celebrate the opinions of others as much as we claim to celebrate democracy itself. That means, sometimes, not winning.