Chasing happiness — Robin Wils's website
Last modified: Sat, Jan 28, 2023
Some people say that the meaning of life is to be happy. Enjoying the simple things of life isn’t bad. You don’t need the best job, or a ton of money. It is important to realize that happiness is not a constant. Thus, it is impossible to be happy all the time. Chasing happiness tends to bring you less happiness. I wouldn’t call it the meaning of life.
Life has meaning
We need to convince ourselves that life has meaning. It is true that the work and time of one person is often neglectable in the big picture. Denying that life has meaning leads to nihilism, and gives one a negative look on life. I used to be a nihilist myself. Of course, we need the “bad” to know what good is. But nihilism is often just denying progress. It is the last possible solution.
You don’t need much to achieve happiness. I like the idea of minimalism. Live with less, be more happy. It is nice if you can do what you like as a job, but you will be fine if you can survive. You are able to do many things which others can’t.
People know nothing
People know nothing about anything. We all know nothing of every topic compared to all available knowledge of a topic. Striving for the truth isn’t always a good idea. Seek your passion. Give your own life your own meaning. Human life as a whole might look pointless, but we have to make the best of it.
Investigating the history of something common which you think is true often leads to the conclusion that it isn’t a great interpretation of the truth at all. Knowledge isn’t always power as not everyone can deal with certain beliefs. Besides that the Münchhausen trilemma shows us that it is impossible to prove any truth. No one has been able to successfully solve that trilemma.
Moral rules tend to make assumptions about the context of a situation. Rules can’t take everything in account. Moral rules are not always meant to be followed. Everyone tends to have different rules around morals. Seek your own. Perhaps read Nietzsche if you are interested in the history of morals.