Happiness is a Subject, not just Object, of Life
“It is inevitable for human nature that a man should wish and seek for happiness, that is, satisfaction with his condition, with certainty of the continuance with this satisfaction,” says Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), a celebrated German philosopher in the Age of Enlightenment. Satisfaction with human condition stupendously expresses itself with happiness, physical as well as moral.
What is the ultimate outcome of human life? What makes life really meaningful? What provides life its real substance? What brings life its real worth? What makes life fragrant with all the virtues? And what should these virtues of life generate? The answer to all these questions is happiness. The ultimate purpose of life, in fact, is living with happiness, living in happiness, living for happiness. Our thinking, our actions, our projects, our creativity, our karma, and our philosophy must evolve happiness. If they do not, then we must review them. Happiness is, as it must be, the essence of everything in human life. If anything creates and/ or leads to happiness, it is of significant worth, otherwise it would be against the very purpose of life. Happiness, indeed, is the real purpose of life. Sustainable happiness is indispensable for a joyful and creative life.
Happiness brings an excitement and an exquisite shine to life. Life is lifeless without happiness. Life always tends to be in the state of enhancement, and happiness is a key to life’s enhancement. Life flowers with all its ecstasies on the fertile ground of happiness. Without happiness life withers; with happiness, life cultivates hopes and creates a sustainable future. Without happiness, life laments for the past, creeps through the gloom of the present, and ushers in a future full of despair.
Happiness is generated from within and then flows outward and stimulates everything in its surroundings. It charges human beings and their environment with enthusiasm and creative energies. Life cannot get a boost without happiness. Without happiness it shrinks. Happiness gives life wings to fly in a sky of freedom. Happiness does not allow you to be slave. Unceasing happiness evaporates sorrows from the life of a society or a nation. Not only from within, happiness also comes from everywhere and it depends on how you look at and perceive things.
Happiness emanates from the galaxies when you are astonished by the mysterious cosmos and search for your existence within it. It comes from the rising sun, for the sunrise and your own rise are one and the same. It peeps through a green leaf of a tree and this green leaf is powered to synthesise solar energy into food for you. Happiness comes from the rain because everything in the biosphere is recycled. Happiness comes from nature and blossoms with biodiversity and you are one of the interdependent species in the biosphere pregnant with biodiversity. Happiness comes from the Himalayan glaciers because they are perennial sources of rivers that provide clean water to you and your brethren. It comes from colorful flowers because nature embraces a variety of colours for the pleasure, appreciation, and contentment of your soul. Happiness comes from anything, from any process, from any phenomenon that creates the faculties of life in one’s mind. It makes hopes flower and helps to create a sustainable future.
It also breaks down the cocoon of dormancy and puts life into an active mode. It thrashes the states of laziness, hopelessness, non-creativity, and sorrow. It keeps us evergreen, active, creative, and lively. Without happiness we invite anxiety, anger, and despair. Without happiness, all our positive energies are squeezed out, while happiness does not let positive energies turn negative. Happiness awakens and activates all the creative faculties of the mind and fortifies your capabilities to create whatever you crave.
Happiness is not just an object of life. It is a subject of life. Our contemporary world is desperately craving for peace. Peace, in fact, does not come on its own. It comes riding the waves of happiness. A happy humanity cultivates peace and contributes to make this planet a happier place to live.
(The writer is a Professor of Environmental Science at GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology. He is author of books on environmental, agroecological and eco-philosophical issues).
Friday, 28 June 2019 | Vir Singh| in Devbhoomi Spiritual
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