Happiness: A Theory — Chasing an Illusion

Is happiness something that is achieved after struggle (cause and effect), or is it a way of being, all the time?

Are we hamstrung in our understanding of happiness by viewing it in cause-and-effect terms?  Think about lying out looking at stars on a summer evening.  That feeling of well-being, does it have anything to do with cause and effect?

In our ruminations about larger questions, we conceive of the universe in terms of cause and effect; but is that paradigm misplaced?  Why is it any more pertinent to ask what caused the universe than to ask how may it be that the universe has no cause?  Perhaps cause and effect is merely a mode of intermediate understanding, pertinent to our milieu, but inadequate at a higher level.  Perhaps because we are mimetic in our grasp of things, we demand that the universe we seek to fathom imitate – or correspond to — our primitive mode of comprehension.  The same restlessness that serves us so well in fathoming our immediate world becomes a means of unsettling rumination when applied to this larger question.  And, perhaps, a similar confusion affects our perception of our own well being. 

Certain properties of the universe, like consciousness, may exist only insofar as they emerge from constituents, that, viewed alone, offer no hint of their consequence.

Animate life , like an action film, often comes down to a chase.  In the case of our happiness, though, there may be nothing there to catch.


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