Happiness –something everybody wants but not something everyone can fully get. Everything around us is a product of man’s constant endeavour to achieve this elusive feeling (Dalai Lama, n.d.). Over the years, development and progress in modern society provided men services, security and comfort in the hopes of finding happiness within it (Orozco, n.d.). It is because of the very definition of the word, which is the absence of pain and suffering, that man constantly developed products and services in order to make life easier (Dalai Lama, n.d.). However, despite the efforts of improving our society, happiness moves even farther from man’s reach and men might have been doing it all wrong. Man’s idea of accumulating money in order to buy these services is not the best way to achieve happiness. It is actually something intangible, that is, a strong character moulded by time and good relationships.
Suffering, the enemy of happiness, is the only thing that prevents a person from being happy. Some blame the supernatural being that governs the world for allowing pain to thrive in the world. However, according to C.S. Lewis, it is only God’s way of accommodating man’s freedom. It is because God will not forcefully correct a person or else it would contradict his very being of being perfect and his decision to give man freedom. With this being said, man had its own choices to choose from the different ways in obtaining happiness.
One example is that money can buy happiness. This is probably the most basic concept which man had arrived in order to attain happiness. It is because of its ability to buy our wants which can make our life easier, more comfortable and more pleasurable. Some examples are the present technologies where one can get everything done in a flick of a hand. This, power of money, is the reason why we give importance to education; in order to find a job that pays well to buy these services, technologies and necessities.
With the present conditions, finding a job can be very difficult and sometimes end up in unemployment. Without a job, apparently, one cannot find happiness. All they will receive is a very stressful life because of the many bills that needs payments, the inability to fulfil their financial obligations to their family, etc. In order to escape this nightmare, they engage in alcohol and drugs which will give them a feeling of ecstasy. However, this feeling is transitory, because the following day would be a day of headaches and hangovers. By escaping this nightmare through alcohol and drugs, man actually created its own suffering by relying on physical happiness (Bacz, 1999). Not only do they cause harm to themselves but also to the people around them. Although drugs and alcohol are not the only cause of crime, it causes fear in the people’s hearts because they know that a playful stroll in the night might end up in a coffin the following day. However, with discipline, one may be able to control...