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Great Sayings – The Hunt For Happiness

May 22, 2020

What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams, and we search in vain for their original. Much would have been gained if, through timely advice and instruction, young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.

Arthur Schopenhauer
A recent poll of young people revealed that they wanted fame more than anything else, even money.  In other words, they wanted what someone else has that they think would make them happy.  They also have FOMO, always worrying what others have or are doing instead of doing what you want to without worrying what others think.
It is tough to hunt for happiness, but it is easy when it happens to you.  Schopenhauer mentions that entitlement is an erroneous notion.  Working hard for something and achieving it limits your time for wanting what others have and gives you greater satisfaction when you achieve it.
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