In this book, we have carefully gone over the central focus, which is a better life than you are used to living. To bring yourself, your soul to a place where it cannot be rocked back and forth by the whimsical winds of fate… We determined what makes people happy and what makes people unhappy. We have carefully concluded that our current Society makes it hard to be happy for the individual, with its focus on all things material, on power, on possessions, on youth, on being famous…basically all the things that will make you Unhappy in the long run. Break all of those attachments, and then let the light shine through!
This is not just a supposition. It is not a theory. It is an axiom. It is like a set of laws that we have proven over these chapters. After all these examinations, the proof is right there in front of you, in plain logic. Let’s briefly review how listening to Society WILL make you unhappy, every…single…time.
Consider the Society’s obsession with fame. Who can stay famous for long? And who that is famous is not soon bored with his/her fame? Who does not become annoyed by the unceasing attention? Since fame is so fickle, who can nail down fame for any length of time? It is a chasing over the wind… Who is on the front pages of a magazine like People that was there five years ago, and who will still be there five years hence? Nobody.
Consider Society’s telling you that you must be rich to be happy? Where did this cartoonish notion come from? I still cannot get it. Hard statistics show that once beyond the poverty level, there are diminishing returns for happiness when it relates to money. A person making 40,000 dollars a year is JUST AS HAPPY as someone making 400 Million dollars a year. So why chase after something that is proven to NOT bring lasting happiness, equanimity, and peace?
Consider Society’s total obsession with youth. If you continue to pursue this ghost, ask yourself, who stays young for long? Your youth is but the smallest segment of your life. Be practical. If you attach yourself to your “youthful” face, can you lean on it after you turn 25? If you have the right genes you may stay looking “young” until maybe 35…and maybe stretching it the age of 40 (if you have enough makeup and doctors). But does your life stop at that age? What will your happiness level go when you stock up all your hopes on staying young after you turn 45? Then 50? Then 55? Then 60??? Then 65???? And so on. Will you choose this path to inevitable suffering? It is like praying that a large block of ice will stop melting when the sun beats down on it on a 100 degree F summer day.
Consider Society’s obsessions with possessions. Who can have enough to satiate their greed for possessions? There is no end. Can equanimity (evenness and peace of mind) be attained if you have a collection of fancy cars or fancy jewelry? Can you sleep completely in comfort knowing you have a safe full of “precious” jewelry by your bedside? Will you not worry if you park your fancy car in the parking lot or when you give your keys to the valet? Won’t every SINGLE ONE of your possessions rust and corrode with time? If you live in a fancy house, and the wood starts warping, if you put your faith in your house/possession, won’t you become unsettled?
Consider Society’s obsession with Power. Power is the transfer of Energy and Work over Time. What king or country has stayed in power for long? Every single Empire has fallen. Just like every man’s power dwindles or is cut off either abruptly or slowly…like a rotting egg or rusting chain. Putting your faith and hope in Power that is everlasting is another trick that Society tricks you into thinking that it will grant you Everlasting Happiness.