The Wild Hunt
Why has happiness become one of life’s hypocrisies? On the one hand, when pressed, or stressed, people say they want it above all things, then quickly push the thought back from whence it was dragged and go about their lives, spending more time brushing their teeth than contemplating happiness.
What you have is a perverse dichotomy. On the one hand, deep down, everyone knows that happiness is the beautiful reality. On the other hand everything humanly possible is done to push that beautiful reality out of mind and replace it with junk wants.
Why is that?
The reason is relatively simple. You have made yourself forget what true happiness is and replaced it with cheap worldly imitations. In order to continue perpetuating that illusion you ceaselessly hunt after anything that comes to mind, any shiny thing will do, so as to suppress and push down that which is real. It is your own version of the Wild Hunt.
The only constant to the hunt is more. More what? It doesn’t matter. As long as it’s more than you already have. More becomes a vicious cycle of want that pollutes a life then spreads, becoming a mind-pandemic that ravages and pollutes everything with which it comes into contact.
On the subject of want, D.H. Lawrence put it this way:
The wages of work is cash.
The wages of cash is want more cash.
The wages of want more cash is vicious competition.
The wages of vicious competition is – the world we live in.
A basic example of this, more for the sake of more, principle is this. When one is hungry, for example, happiness is a piece of bread. When one is thirsty, happiness becomes a drink of water. When homeless, happiness turns into a roof over one’s head. Once those basics are satisfied, happiness transforms into a more version of those things. A need for a piece of bread is replaced by a need for hors d’oeuvres and caviar. A glass of water becomes a need for expensive wines, and the simple roof over the head morphs into a need for a mansion with servants.
Those who achieve their goal, and get the caviar, the rich wines and the servants to serve them find they still feel empty and unfulfilled. So they dream up something else that represents happiness and the cycle starts over, the Wild Hunt continues.