Wistfully looking up the BW happiness ranking. Usual suspects steal the show starting with Denmark, Switzerland and Austria filling up the top three slots. I wound down to no.8 and froze. There it read, Bhutan, wow – the only asian country to figure in there. U.S ranked 23rd, China 82 and India way back at 125. African countries like Zimbabwe and Tanzania bring up the rear.
Why am I doing this? Why does it really matter? What has always made a hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his heaven. Francis Bacon said “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes”. Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man’s hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them. It helps build a world of contended bodies and discontented minds. If prosperity guarantees progress, then it also imposes new possibilities together with new restrictions.
Consoled? Like hell. That’s all bunkum. It means a lot to be rich. Obscenely wealthy. There is nothing wrong in being rich. No sense of guilt attached to being wealthy. Just that when prosperity comes, do not use all of it. Not all wear their pearls around the neck with stones upon the heart. That is propagated by those who wear stones around their necks while dreaming of pearls replacing them some day. Luxury, if it corrupts the rich by possession, it distorts the poor by covetousness.
My advise to the world. Covet prosperity by all means. To get there, you can start by staying positive. A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. Just because you’re miserable doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. We may all be in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Anywhere is paradise. It’s up to you 🙂