The Misery of Self-Absorption

Excerpt: A recent poll revealed that 61 percent of Americans believe the main purpose of life is enjoyment and personal fulfillment. We all want to be happy, but the problem is that our traditional view of happiness tends to ebb and flow with the circumstances of our lives. If good things are happening, then we are happy. On the other hand, if bad things are happening, then we are unhappy. We effectively derive our happiness from accomplishment, accumulation and, to some degree, escape. The problem is we cannot always accomplish something noteworthy. There will be times when we fail miserably. The things we accumulate will go out of style, grow old, break, or may even get stolen. Then what? Do we strive for more accomplishment, more accumulation? Read More