It seems like a happy delusion to think that life works. Lots of people are unhappy. Our society aims to maximise happiness but it’s a misplaced effort. And ultimately, what does living achieve: as far as I’m able to see there is only an increase in unhappiness that results from life.
But it appears that some people have it right, it looks like some people are happy. There are several possibilities each of which I feel is unsatisfactory. They could be deluded, for example they may live under the premise that there’s a god out there who loves them. I used to be there. Or they might think that ‘everything works”. Well, there is no god and looking at the state of the earth, things do not work out (the eternal optimist speaking here). There are probably other people, the rich, the free or those who are in love, who feel happy with how things are. But these are simply just more delusions. Being euphoric is not happiness, liking life and enjoying the good things isn’t good enough by a long stretch. By taking this route all that you’re doing is running in the opposite direction from the problems of this existence.
Is there a point to the good times? Is there any meaning to the enjoyment and love or are you simply filling time? Does it simply make the waiting around more bearable? From the outside you look at the junkies on heroin or ice as living a pathetic life. You look at the kids on e and weed as wasting time and potential. But really they just seek the same things that you’re seeking. They’re looking for good times, enjoyment, dopamine release. WHY? ‘Because it feels good’, the very crux of your own existence.
Even just participating in life is problematic. You could set out to improve the world, but for what ultimate cause? What good could come about? Ultimately you’re only going to lose. If you push with society you’re part of this machine of destruction. By that, I mean, the whole of our society is set up to help the rich and screw the poor. It’s fucked up. If you go against the grain, stop working with society and push only for the greater good of humanity, of the world, your effects are miserable and you end up isolating yourself from those around you. Perhaps that is the way forward.