We live in a capitalist society. The fundamental way it works is by creating individuals, first, and then creating within each individual a struggle to understand and experience their own humanity. Within this kind of society, desire - wanting this, wanting that, wanting wanting, CRAVING - is part of what keeps the society rolling along, because it needs that each and every destabilized and unnerved soul. I think what you’re describing is a kind of alienation. Danielle Widmann Abraham
Going to generalize and ask an age old question. But still curious if any of you have an answer. Maybe even a psychological perspective. Why is enough never enough? When you have reached the goal, financial security, comfort, success, fame, that thing you have been striving for, that has fueled your life mission, many are left feeling empty, left feeling unsatisfied, sometimes even more tortured and worse off? We have heard the cliche answers, “happiness is found in the journey not the destination” “happiness is only real when shared” “it is better to give than receive”. But why? Is it selfishness, greed, maybe a simple reality and cross to bare for those that succeed that creates the dilemna. Or is it something deeper within the human psyche and spirit? It seems to be ramped in Western culture, where we are lead to believe that “once” I reach, have, obtain, etc. only then… Once I get past my suffering, hardship, dilemna, only then will I be content, full and happy. Once I gain the recognition, validation, accolades from my peers then…Once I have enough then it will be enough?
Everyone’s talking about passion now a days. Have you found your calling? What is your gift? Whatever happened to hard-work, character, discipline and serving others as the central driving force of your intention? Maybe that was another generation?
“At the post office automated stamp machine, a woman in her 80’s asked my help with the options from which to choose. After assisting her, I thought of how much quicker the older generations are at asking for help when needed. I considered the most modern, common and boring answer which is that this particular situation was computer or technological based which the older generations are less familiar with. After further thought, I concluded that it was communal. She is from a time of community and warmth, when neighbors helped cook, friends helped build and strangers helped repair your car. Not a time when we insulate ourselves, hidden behind computer screens, unwilling to stop and help a stranger with a flat tire out of fear that they may rob or shoot us.” From an email by Todd Dana