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Are we happier than our ancestors?

Updated on October 4, 2013

We are living in a world of progress. The discovery in the field of medicine has freed men even from the fear of death. Industrial development has provided us with all sorts of luxurious goods. Machines have made our lives free from hard work. Urbanization has made us economically sound. We often consider ourselves as politically matured, but what about our mental satisfaction? Progress can never be linked with happiness. We have formed an erroneous impression about progress. We expected progress to take us for a pleasure trip to heaven. But instead it has diverted us from our spiritual dimensions. Now we are aliens to happiness.

"What is life, it is full of care
We have no time to stand and stare!"

W.D Davis was right when he wrote these lines. Modern life is complicated. We are educated but spiritually starved. We are developed but not satisfied. Where is Gandhi's truth and non-violence? Where is love and patience? We are abound in anxiety. We are craving for peace. I don't think that our forefathers were happier. Since we are stronger our dissatisfaction can affect the world adversely. If the mentality of the Stone Age generation is still continuing in the present generation, we will be punished for tampering with the laws of nature. The harmony between the nature and creatures will be destroyed. We all aspire for worldly pleasures. But I can assure you that those inherent pleasures cannot quench our thirst for happiness.

To change this situation we cannot we cannot expect an 'avatar' to take place. Now it's our turn. We cannot continue living in darkness saying that our sun has been covered with clods. Even if it so, it's time to light a candle. I am not against progress. I am only trying to say that material progress does not imply on increase in happiness. Unless and until we achieve self satisfaction, all other progress will not be worth enough. Technological development should be used to attain happiness and not for working like slaves. If man is not able to control the sadist savages in his mind today, tomorrow the feeling the feeling of happiness will be historical. So as Albert Einstein said "try not to be a man of success but rather try to be a man of value." Only then happiness will be ours!


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      Sreejith k 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      yes . i am also on your side.

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      ESTHER 4 years ago

      YES WE ARE!

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      Sreejith k 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Thanks KDu Barry03 for your comment. Be happy all the time.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      What our ancestors considered to bring them happiness and what we, in this day and age, consider to bring us happiness are widely different now. It really all depends on what we need at the time, what we make of ourselves, and how we persevere through life that brings us happiness. I have to say, I'm at an impasse whether to say what exactly brings "true happiness" because it varies from person to person in a particular culture and each culture has a widely different perspective as to what will bring us happiness. You are right, though: being valued will bring stronger joy than being successful. They may "appear" to be the same to some people, but they are widely different.

      Thank you for this thoughtful and thought-inspiring hub.