Happiness vs Human Misery
I like to read quotes by famous people. It has been a hobby of mine since childhood. There have been many great poets, scholars, scientists, leaders, celebrities and famous personalities who have expressed their thoughts, observations and dreams in unforgettable words .
Quotations by great people contain the essence of their wisdom and lifelong experiences in short sentences that can be motivational and inspirational or just funny and entertaining.
But sometimes I come across quotes like
You can be happy where you are.
If you want to be happy, be. (Tolstoy)
The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. Happiness comes from your own actions. (Dalai lama)
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. (Abraham Lincoln)
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Happiness depends upon ourselves. (Aristotle)
And I wonder if it is really possible to be happy when your life is steeped in disease, poverty, hunger and deprivation?.
I am not talking about diamond necklaces, Ferrari or huge mansions. Can we train our minds and hearts so much that we do not feel the absence of things. is it really possible to be happy when sick or poor or disabled or handicapped in any way.
What about being jobless or alone, poverty ridden or abused? These quotations are by some great people but do you think their words trivialize human misery ?
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