(EF32) AMA-EF10: Mind Control Through a Well Chosen Tattoo and the Unlikely Case of Being Happy Enough — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF10PLAY | DOWNLOAD From Ancient India and Greece, to modern Western Culture, we can find countless theories on what happiness is and how to attain it. So why is our ability to attain it no better today—and, by some measures, on the decline—even after thousands of years of intellectual progress? More...
Episode EF32 Summary
Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to an Ask Me Anything (AMA) of Episode EF10, which was Season 1, Episode 8 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering. The driving question of this episode (and this BTP) for you to think through is … Does happiness define the good? It’s a fascinating question that actually has surprisingly little research or philosophical investigation.
As a reminder about Episode EF10: Coming from a wealthy family, most others would only dream of the life Alex leads. Every moment is another silver platter where he is handed all the best education, can have his pick of expensive items and to experience seemingly infinite joys. Although grateful for everything, Alex can’t shake the reality he isn’t happy or fulfilled by any of this at all—nor could he really even define what happiness would look like for him. But why? What could possibly be missing when having everything you want? “It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.” This trite expression is one of the modern favorites in a bin of overused cliches we tell ourselves when we start to lack that next hit of happiness. But is it really trite or just misunderstood? Being a cliche doesn’t necessarily make something wrong. Instead, that comes when we don’t actually change things in order to live by the message of such wise life lessons. From Ancient India and Greece, to modern Western Culture, we can find countless theories on what happiness is and how to attain it. So why is our ability to attain it no better today—and, by some measures, on the decline—even after thousands of years of intellectual progress?
The eighth episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question Does happiness define the good. Suffering isn’t exactly something we strive to achieve. Yet, we have it at every corner. Is it possible that suffering is more than just an annoying pain we can’t seem to shake?
To peek behind the curtain of Episode EF10, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:
- Is there a moment where we are happy enough? Or, is there a point when sadness and suffering are less of a problem?
- Do you have a tattoo that makes you look at it, or where did this idea come from? Should I get a tattoo? And if so, what should it say?
- Is technology the reason we’re getting less happy?
- What if I don’t have real suffering in my life? Could this yin-yang be off for me, making happiness elusive?
- Does the Seneca quote mean people who I think are happy really aren’t, and the other way around?
- This memorizing quotes to try and force yourself to become wise (by trying them out) is interesting, does it really work?
- And more…
Does Happiness Define the Good?
The big question driving Episode EF10 is … Does happiness define the good? We need to be happy to feel good. Even a 4-year-old child knows this somewhere in the chaos of their still-evolving mind. Thus, it seems logical the closer we are to becoming happy 24/7, the better. But when was the last time you met someone who achieved this? And have you ever thought through the practicalities of such a scenario?
Although as a society we’re trying extremely hard to be happy, it doesn’t seem we’re doing too good of a job. Even worse, when we finally achieve happiness, it doesn’t take long for the sunny day to turn into a thunderstorm. So is it possible we got the entire idea wrong? Maybe happiness isn’t the only ingredient towards a good life? Perhaps we do need a healthy amount of sadness, anger, frustration, in which case, it’s rather all about finding the balance.
Into The Rabbit Hole
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