A few days ago I came across a post that had been shared on a social media site that went into how “the world is increasingly designed to depress us.” This was something that had been written in a book, and the page that this had been written on had been shared. It went on to say that “happiness isn’t very good for the economy,” and “if we were happy with what we had, why would we need more?” There are a number of other examples that are used, but they all center around the same point: the world is set up to make us feel bad.
The Last Point
On the last part of the page, it says, “To be calm is to become a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business.”
Now, on one level, it could be said that what has been said is right – the world doesn’t seem to be structured in a way that encourages people to be happy with who they are and what they have. There is always something else that they need to have and another reason why they can’t be happy.
Based on this, it is not going to be a surprise if someone is not happy and has the need to have more. There is a reason, and the reason is that people “out there” are working overtime to keep them in a miserable state.
One way of looking at it would be to say that one will be a victim and the people that are doing this are the perpetrators. To put an end to this dynamic, then, will require “the revolutionary act” of one being comfortable with themselves.
On another level, it could be said that although there are indeed forces out there that are “designed” to do this, it doesn’t mean that we are merely passive victims. Ultimately, the only way that these forces can influence us is if we give them permission to do so.
Thanks to the glorification of victimhood in today’s culture, it can be very easy for someone to buy into anything that paints them as a victim. When this takes place, they will give their power away to someone or something outside of themselves.
Feeling like a victim can allow one to feel angry and even self-righteous, and both of these things can allow them to feel good, but what this won’t do is allow them to take control of their life. The only way that this will happen is if one takes a look at what part they might (the word “might” is used instead of “are” as this can prevent their ego from dismissing what has been said) be playing in how they experience life.
What is pretty certain is that they will need to be more discerning when it comes to what they focus on and how they spend their time. So in the same way that they are unlikely to just put anything into their mouth, they will need to be careful when it comes to what they put in front of their eyes and the company that they keep, amongst other things.
For example, if one watches a lot of TV and this is having a negative effect on their wellbeing, they can cut down or stop watching it altogether. A big part of this will be for one to live a life that is deeply meaningful, as this can prevent them from getting caught up in the distractions and the dramas of the world.
If one doesn’t take matters into their own hands, and they wait until the world is perfect (whatever that means), thereby putting their life on hold in the process, they will be wasting the life that they have been given. One reason why one would waste their life is that they don’t value themselves.
It will then be essential for them to work through what is preventing them from being able to embrace their inherent value. This won’t necessarily be easy but it will be worth it in the long run.