The Academy of Ideas on 'Why You Should Strive for a Meaningful Life, Not a Happy One'
25/08/19 22:33 Filed in: reviews
Here's another excellent video from the people at 'Academy of Ideas'. This one's all about the difference between seeking happiness in our lives and seeking meaning. The idea itself of 'seeking happiness' is a thorny one and the video explains how this can lead to a deep sense of unfulfilment. In the last two hundred years, our leaders of society have put forward the idea that seeking pleasure can bring us happiness, but this is a fallacy as all pleasure is short-lived and increasing the pleasure intensity makes no difference to one's happiness. To put it simply, nothing outside can fill the hole inside. Even seeking happiness as a general concept doesn't work, as one inevitably substitutes material things, or objects of status, as 'tokens' to gain the gift of happiness.
Instead, as the video explains, if one dedicates oneself to striving towards positive goals, and when one reaches them one immediately strives towards the next positive goal, then one will be living a life that has meaning and one's moments of real happiness will increase. This path is invariably difficult, as it's running entirely against the easier, and very popular path of hierarchical servitude and short-lived hedonistic pleasures. This path of pursuing meaningful and challenging goals also usually confers little social status upon oneself, but its difficulty only increases the sense of achievement and the deep happiness it can bring.