I have heard that some of the motivational speakers do speak a lot about happiness. I haven’t been happy about that, and the same has taken away a little bit more of my own happiness too. There have been so many people quoting that happiness comes from within, and each person is responsible for creating one’s own happiness. Well, if that was supposed to be the case, human beings had to live in their own bubbles from the beginning to the end, without contacting anyone else. Each human being should not be talking to other people at all, and got to mind his own business after being locked up at home, with all the necessary things delivered to the house.
Can humans live like that forever? Most of us introverts would prefer that, but it is certainly not possible. It would be possible if there was an apocalypse and everyone else had changed into brain-eating zombies or blood-sucking vampires – but in that case too, you would be dead too early. Happiness is not something which is created in a room, and if someone says the same after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even a dumber statement. When so many people struggled due to Corona virus, and with the crime and violence increasing, how can people still continue to believe that a person can be responsible for one’s own happiness? It feels rather cruel.
People who are able to come up with this kind of statements seem to be those well-settled men and women with high paying jobs and lots of assets already. These are the kind of people who resemble the celebrities who asked everyone to stay at home and enjoy, because they have such huge houses and a lot of money stockpiled. These are the kind of people who have somehow managed to find the easy way into their jobs and lots of money, because of which they are not able to understand the reason behind the abiding sadness among the people around, who have their own struggles in life related to jobs, money and certain family problems.
Let us leave those people who choose the world of crime to make some easy money, and those who continuously lie, cheat and steal – they should be happy in their own way, as such terrible acts do provide them with enough money. But what about the common man who has been struggling to become successful in a straight path, but fails? Can be happy about failing again and again after working so hard? Can a person who is so much learned and extremely good in his subject be denied opportunities while those who know almost nothing gets a fine job, just because he is affiliated with a political party or can tell lies better than anyone else? How can a qualified man, an expert, be happy after knowing that?
How can a person who has lived a life of goodness and learning be happy as he understands that so many less qualified and fake-faced others have lied, cheated and stolen all the way up the ladder while he remains at the bottom? How can anyone look at the gap between the rich and poor be happy enough? With so many people taken right into poverty, and with all the wealth concentrating on a few, can anyone feel that this is a happy world of justice and love? How can anyone believe that the nation is developing with so many people forced to go through terror? How can one go on with life when you see that the best and the most lovable people whom he met are the unsuccessful people?
Well, the world doesn’t need unsuccessful people. It categorizes people according to how much they earn, and those without enough monthly earning are placed in a lower level. You can easily feel it from the way they talk. You can try to live a life doing good to others, but these are not the old times when acts of goodness counted – the people will look down upon you, and some people think that you can still create your own happiness? Do they think that happiness is two-minute noodles? When you feel that you are so much let down by the society, you would think about anything to make the depression go away, but you just cannot create happiness in there out of nothing.
What do these quote serve other than victim blaming? If we are depressed and cannot be happy, it is our own fault? The great poets were depressed enough, and never really came out of the feeling. If you are too rich, you can do a Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and wander around different nations, but what will the common man do? Well, Bollywood provides too much for the capitalist class, and they also put the common man into the trap. The common man also thinks that traveling will make things better, but for that, you still need the cash. You save the money for traveling, and once the journey is done, you are unhappy again as you have no money. What all people do for the fake emotion, the lie which is happiness! The reminiscence! The melancholy! The loss of hope in life’s wasteland!
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***The images used on this blog post were taken by me on my Samsung mobile phone during some of the little journeys for the soul.