“Most excellent men, are you not ashamed to care for the acquisition of wealth and for reputation and honor, when you neither care nor take thought for wisdom and truth in the perfection of your soul... ” - Socrates (The Apology, Plato 399 BC)
All human beings naturally strive after happiness, thought Socrates,
for the pursuit of happiness (Eudaimonia) is the greatest goal in our life.
And everything we do, we do because we think it will make us happy.
We therefore label what we think will bring us happiness as ‘good’.
And those things we think will bring us suffering and pain we label as ‘bad’.
So it follows, that if we have a mistaken conception of what is good, then we
will spend our lives frantically chasing after things that will not bring us
happiness, even if we attain them.
Socrates has been proven right after all, by modern science:
Scientific surveys in many countries over decades proved that most
blue-collar working people are just as happy as rich people, and
teenagers from working class families describe themselves as
happier than teenagers from affluent families.
The point here is that obtaining wealth and power are fine but are
not ends in themselves. We must also satisfy our soul, which
seeks love, connection, contribution, harmony in order to be truly fulfilled.
That may seem obvious, but how many of us have
lost track of... What is really valuable and good for us, in our pursuit for the stars?
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