The Happy Industry – A Crock
The Happy Industry is a huge business. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent by millions of people who desperately want to be happy and are hoping against hope to purchase the secret from people who have no more of an idea than the buyers.
Then there are those who don’t spend money with the Happy Industry but crave happiness because someone said happiness is what life is all about.
Everyone wants to be happy. A goal supported by the ego system to an absolute hilt. That aught to make you suspicious straight off the bat, ego supported things are always rotten to the core. And so is ego’s version of happiness rotten to the very core.
Put bluntly, egos version of happiness is not only a crock; it’s a dangerous crock because it uses deceits, twisted tenets and golden calves as laudable goals of worth and virtue.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make a difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Any life lived as Mr Emerson describes will be a life well lived. I would add acceptance to that list, by that I mean accepting what life presents.
When I say acceptance I don’t mean blindly accepting everything ego throws up; that will happen as a natural extension of following ego’s plan for success and happiness. When I say acceptance I mean life will present you with events that need to be met head on and dealt with. It is as simple as that.
True and genuine acceptance leads to enlightenment and freedom of the soul.
Ego fights acceptance tooth and nail. Ego isn’t about accepting anything. It is all about its own grandeur, self-importance. It’s about strut and swagger; the look at me, look at me, aren’t I special grandstanding.
It is specialness that drive egos idea of happiness; If it feeds your specialness, it makes you happy. That’s it, right there—ego happiness.
Perhaps that’s why writer Taylor Caldwell wrote, “It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.”
Strange thing is, once we accept our ordinariness, we discover our greatness.