posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 11:34 PM
I'm beginning to think that the only way we could ever turn out so unhappy is because we were taught to be. Generally from birth, we are taught that
acceptance = happiness.
I hate to use the word brainwashed but we are brainwashed as for what we find attractive, what makes us feel happy, what makes us feel pride, etc.
Everyone knows that media effects what we find attractive. Well if it can alter such a subtle and subconcious thing like that, who is to say it
doesn't also for what makes us happy, what inspires us, etc.
We are taught what to think greatness is to such an extent, that when you meet someone who you know is truly great (not famous, just a truly good
person), you are so confused as to why that person doesn't inspire you or excite you.
Strangest thing is you can spend an evening alone doing what you want, being principled and really living in tune with your will. The next day you
feel like crap. Or you could go and sell yourself out, "being cool" and hanging out with the in-crowd, then you feel like a million bucks the next
day socially. You know that option 1 was really the best thing you could do. But it's option 2 that makes you feel better.
Or one night you could lucid dream, or maybe even astral project - performing a feat that is the pinnacle expression of intellect, imagination,
creativity, and self-control. Only to wake up in the morning feeling like a waste. Whereas if you spent the same night appealing to the opposite
sex's base desires, you wake up the next morning feeling like a million bucks.
We are simply taught from day one that acceptance = happiness, and there doesn't seem to be a cure (deeply, internally) tell yourself all you want
that your higher goals give you higher rewards, but there is no getting away from the reward-structure that has been hammered into all of us from
birth by those who know no better.
It simply should not be so hard to be happy.