The Happiness Lie, and How the Pursuit of Happiness Benefits the Elite

Last Updated on September 20, 2022 by The Unbounded Thinker

We’ve been conditioned to believe that we came here to be happy and our main purpose in life is to pursue happiness. This is A LIE. Look around you, study history, and you’ll realize that no one has ever been constantly happy. Contemplate life and you’ll realize that we came here to surmount obstacles and grow to our full potential.

The idea that we came here to be happy was popularized by the elite so that we chase happiness. The elite benefit when we chase happiness because this pursuit results in consumerism.

Today, we excessively buy material things because we believe they will make us happy, and as a result, the elite make huge profits because they own a large percentage of the world’s companies.

Anyway, besides making us spenders, the pursuit of happiness also benefits the elite by preventing us from discovering our true nature. The elite know that they won’t manage to control us if we discover who we truly are. For this reason, they trick us into believing that happiness is the main goal so that we focus on chasing happiness instead of trying to discover our true nature. They then encourage notions – such as ‘my life is better because I am happier than you,’ – which make us post selfies on social media to show our ‘friends’ that we are always happy.

Little do we know that no one is always happy because we were conditioned to be dissatisfied with what we have. For example, we are always happy when we get a job, but after a certain period, we get bored with the repetitive routine that we can’t wait to be out of our offices. We are always happy when we buy something. However, after a certain period, we become used to it and start looking for other things to buy.

It’s thus impossible for us to achieve a constant state of happiness because it’s our nature to be constantly dissatisfied. As Mark Manson puts it in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,‘We have evolved to always live with a certain degree of dissatisfaction and insecurity because it’s the mildly dissatisfied and insecure creature that’s going to do the most work to innovate and survive.’

Therefore, realize that it’s okay to be unhappy and never pursue a constant state of happiness because it’s impossible to achieve. Instead, pursue a meaningful life which only comes when you live authentically.


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  1. I agree that we need to separate ourselves from whatever we have been sold about what happiness means and how to get it. Backing away from the “truth” we learn from advertising will help to free us. But then, I think we need to define happiness for ourselves and pursue moments of happiness, rather than a never-ending experience of it. I think it’s too soon to roll credits on what we came here to do, learn or experience, so we might as well reach for happiness. We just can’t reasonably to live there full-time.