Finding the happiness that eludes pursuit | New Quoin
The New Route to Happiness
Life, liberty and the pursuit of the highest good
as it is in big heaps. It graces the unexpected moment and it rewards the long-suffering moment.
And yet, for everything that can be said about the most important word in the world after love, happiness leaves a world to be desired.

We marvel at the modern model of happiness that popular culture portrays in Hollywood and Wall Street and Madison Avenue so much that we can’t help allowing those pictures of ease and excess and excitement to inform our own dreams of happiness, even if we see the wreck and distress that the pursuit of pleasure brings.

We teach ourselves that happiness is something to possess as a right because it says so in black and white in the Declaration of Independence, even if we know that securing great things for ourselves is never as great as doing little things for others.

And so deep down we feel sad.

The happiness that we really want is not something that can be produced with riches or something that can be pursued like a college degree or something that can be promulgated by the government of the people. The happiness that we want is more personal than possessions, more precious than prestige, and more important than democracy.




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