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"Don't worry, Be happy"

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

The song with this title was released by Bob McFerrin in 1988. It seemed like an unquestionably good and sensible idea. I remember it being sang in a suitably matter of fact manner. It was a no-brainer so to speak. Back then, as today though, hordes look all over for happiness. So, for example, materialism might offer it: the latest German car. A new look: whitened teeth, tattoos, or designer clothes may attract it to us. People entering our lives could solve everything; couldn't they? We might think that career progression, along with a perceived higher status, and any associate power, is the Holy Grail; or that the gift of children might be the sine qua non of bliss. For some, instant fixes of hedonism may answer needs for happiness, and on tap, for example, pornography/ sex, alcohol, drugs, computer games, and gambling.

The daft thing is that happiness is under everybody's noses; now, at this moment! Not that it is that simple to realise; but happiness is categorically something you choose to have. I personally think, that if you have been through Hell, the ultimate choice of happiness is an easier one. Choosing it when you have never veered off the "straight and narrow", in my opinion, is more of a default than a conscious decision. You might wonder how somebody can logically be sure they are happy, when their experience suggests they're ignorant of alternatives.

Even L. Ron. Hubbard, the controversial, late founder of the Church of Scientology, both knew and shared, that "the truth of the matter is that all the happiness you will ever find lies in you".

Nobody can possibly give you the key to happiness, but I promise you that everything mentioned in the first paragraph, represent figurative "houses on sand", as alluded to by Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27. The trick, ideally, is to build our "houses on rock", and make each one, a totally individual "construct". By the way, it doesn't necessarily involve religions, but they may not harm. They may even help. Rather, it's within. It's God if you like, but no two person's Gods are the same, placing any definitions in the field of semantics.

I'll share my own viewpoint anyway: everybody (and perhaps nature too) is God. Furthermore, the chief point of life is to first realise that, and then begin to enjoy the ramifications of it.

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