Monday, June 24, 2013

A Happy Happy World

Give us entertainment and we shall revel in it. It is no lesser in its capacity for putting us into a delusional world of happiness than any drugs. Drugs play with our unconscious but today's kind of happiness can delude us in our very conscious state. Sorry I said delusion. I know how real it can get! So, happiness has never been as omnipotent as it is today. It is sold to us on the TV, on the roads, on the radio, on the phone. Everywhere. One Big Happiness Factory. Mass produced happiness available at our door step for attractive prices. It comes in all forms, shapes and sizes, it can also be customised to suit us even better. People we've never met want to make us happy. And they say, it's a win-win, we're happy, they're happy. Our happiness is their happiness. And who doesn't want to be happy? Do we? They want to ensure that we're happy and will settle for nothing less. We can't bear to see you sad, they say. All we need is that dispensable income, and in exchange they give us happiness. We are also told all our life to make ourself capable of attaining such happiness and giving it to others too. So that we are paid for offering similar happiness to others, and we spend all our time trying to make it as happy for them as possible, whatever they can afford of course. Those who cannot afford it obviously don't deserve it, right? They're born to be doomed. Our jobs don't excite us? Nothing to worry! Let us party on the weekends and get it out. Just make sure the job pays us well to at least have our happy weekends for ourselves. Then, we can get married also, that too can be made happy and all those who come for our marriage also can be made happy in exciting ways. No, marriage is just not an event, it is an experience you see. And then we go for a honeymoon in a packaged tour. And then have kids, grow them up and they too can have happy weekends with us. Or get that lovely trip across the planet to a developed country with more happiness, stare in awe at their happiness, but pat our backs and say, we are still a developing country, it’s okay, we will also reach those heights of happiness some day. Our next generation will be even more happy than us. Our very reason for existence is to live a happy life, right?

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