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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Life, insanity, and happiness


"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".  This quote is widely credited to Albert Einstein. But we'll never know for sure. What matters is the meaning and somewhat depressing facts those words carry.

Life is repetitive. We are born into a world we know nothing of. We'd start to learn and build relationships with people, things and even ourselves. We'd try and fail to control things that are out of our reach. We'd see happiness in food, wealth, sex and many other things. And we'd chase and chase to have'em all but nothing will ever be enough. Because happiness, like everything else, is temporary.

Existence is absurdly terrifying. We have no clue about anything. We never did. And that makes us afraid. Being afraid is the default state of life. Recurring fear of pain, heartache and despair. No matter what story we made ourselves believe in, deep down all that we are, is afraid. And that makes us sad. Most of our lives, we spend trying to distract ourselves with short bursts of dopamine. And then we die, giving birth to a generation that'll do exactly the same; because we leave specific instructions, rules, religions and societal norms to make sure that our children will fall into the same trap as we did.

Humanity truly is insane. Complex systems we built and operate in pursuit of happiness, are failing to deliver what was promised. Or may be they were never designed to make all of us happy. Yet we keep pushing on and on. Doing the same thing over and over again, pretending all is well. All of the effort, so that one day we could stop and may be find solace in all of our gains. But will that day ever be here?. Can we break out of this loop of insanity?