The recent death of a popular young television star is in the headlines. He died of a lethal dose of alcohol and heroin. It is ironic that it was stated that he could not handle the demons inside of him. What was this demon he could not handle? It was fame and the wealth it brought him. But even with this wealth, he could not find happiness.
Ever since the beginning of mankind, people have been trying to find happiness. In our society, some think that wealth brings happiness. They believe that wealth can buy materials that can bring one happiness. One can travel to destinations that we can only dream of. Others seek happiness by consuming alcohol and drugs at the risk of losing their lives. Some seek positions of power to gain happiness, like politicians, military officers, and chief executive officers in business. A few seek the dark side (evil) in seeking happiness. This could include prostitution, gambling, and other illegal activities.
The entertainment business does an excellent joy in promoting how to gain happiness. We do not see family show like I love Lucy and Father Knows Best any more. But we do see young ladies revealing most of their assets, and the promiscuous lives that they lead. We see tremendous and unrealistic side affects that mesmerize the mind, but at the same time desensitize the killing of human beings. We see arrogant and self serving destructive behaviors by the main characters. By emulating these fictional characters, can we gain happiness?
Many people try to find happiness by obtaining material possessions, and power. But like the properties of drugs, we seek more to continue to maintain the same level of happiness. At the end, they still do not have true happiness. It is surprising that many people think that activities like traveling, entertainment, and socializing may be ways to find happiness. But think of the activities that surround where you are now. There are millions of insects, and billions of microbes that surround you daily. Yet like the activities of the rich and famous, where you stand will not bring you happiness.
In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is said that when we remove greed, arrogance, and self love from our hearts, we will find true joy. It is when we help others that we can find happiness that will last. Selfish pursuits only result in suffering, while altruistic pursuits result in joy. It is only when we prioritize others, can our accomplishment be joyful.