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tacocat  ·  689 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How the pursuit of happiness has led to profound despair

I don't really know what the fuck this guy is saying except a lot of people are unhappy and that's a problem, but I'm of the opinion that happiness is a modern condition and expecting that happiness is the natural state just leads to more misery. Instead of, "Awesome! I'm happy!" you get "I'm not happy and it's bad and so I'm going to be unhappy, miserable and cruel because any fleeting joy I have is a reminder of what I'm supposed to be like all the time." I think it goes further to explain drugs than everyone is miserable and broken, that is to say everyone wants to be happy but also feels entitled to that feeling constantly. I mean you have both examples, there are just miserable broken addicts who want to end the pain, but I think I've heard my argument like once from from a psychologist. It stuck with me because the counterargument seems to say the world is amazing and you're broken if you don't see that when in my mind the world is neutral at best and when it's good you should be appreciative instead of expecting that constantly.

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