There’s a question in my mind I long to resolve. It involves the validity of my commonly held aspirations in life. In my wanting to attain what I think is the ultimate state of being, I end up faced with contradictions. What I once perceived to be lofty has reduced itself into a mirage.
I have long been aware of the longings of man. Irrespective of time and place, humans have wanted to achieve three highly revered aspirations for which the state of absoluteness is believed to be possible. The beckoning of this sweet promise leads many into believing the veracity of its claim. But fate has its own rules, and this makes void the very essence of these venerated assumptions. I felt disappointment in finding this truth. But I must accept this fact because therein lies the most meaningful pursuit in life.
What are these highly revered aspirations I’m taking about?
Most, if not all, aspire to attain the absolutes of happiness, prosperity and peace of mind. Unfortunately, life goes perpendicular in terms of permanence with these states of existence. The more we want to make them lasting, the more temporary they get. Let me explain why this has been.
The pursuit of happiness is one of the perceived absolutes man wishes to achieve. Who does not want to be happy anyway? We love the feeling of not having any worries and fear; comfort and complacency is the experience we want for keeps. Any form of discomfort like pain, struggle, misery and sadness are immediately swept under the mat. Lots have been written on how to achieve lasting happiness, but few have elucidated about its true nature. I am then forced to ask: Is happiness permanent and lasting in this life? Much as I want to give a positive response, the reality of life proves to the detriment of this expectation. Life will not always favor happiness in each moments of our existence; it will always be temporary and never lasting. Happiness has a duration of its own, once it has exhausted its flame, it will loose its influence. It needs to be spawned again, but this process is the one we do not try to understand. Being happy is just one of the state of our being, there are others upon which we should embrace. Putting it in the words of Picasso:
“Everything exists in limited quantity – especially happiness.”
The source of happiness comes from our experience of adversity—and our triumph from it. Therefore, one must understand the necessity of experiencing this requisite. There’s a time to weep and a time to laugh. Happiness cannot be without struggle. We should never think of adversities as misfortunes, rather, we should take it as part of the overall workings of life—the threads upon which happiness is weaved. Though we may not want to partake in this distressing experience, life will always enforce it as an ideal condition of existence, without which other experiences will not be possible.
Another aspired state of existence is peace of mind. Everyone wished this most sought state of being. But like happiness, it is also ephemeral. I believe that our minds cannot be appeased because it is its nature to agitate even the subtlest ripple on its complacency. No matter how much we try to calm our minds, it has a life of its own, and until we emancipate from it, we can never truly find peace—which can only be achieved in the spiritual realm. Some of us may have experienced inner peace but oftentimes we make the mistake of finding its origin from the depths of our mind.
All forms of meditations seek to achieve the state of peace; this process takes on the effort of liberating ourselves from the noise of the mind—after only which inner peace can be tapped. In our effort to find peace in the mind, we have employed artificial means which clouds the true path upon which it can only be achieved.
The last yet never the least in weight are our longing for prosperity. While it may be ideal to live a life of absolute prosperity, I wonder where the requisite virtue of strife fits in. I believe that good fortune rest on our continuous effort to wade into uncertainty. There will be times when life will not allow us to prosper, for reasons that we need to understand and learn from. The longing for lasting prosperity will only lead to boredom and decay.
Life is a balance of what we aspire and what we despise, each complements the other. Without understanding of this wisdom, man will continue to strive for false aspirations.
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