FAME, WEALTH, SUCCESS ARE NO MEASURE OF HAPPINESS


Every time a celebrity like Robin Williams takes his or her life (I think of Philip Seymour Hoffman, too, a recent example) we are reminded of this. Most of us spend our entire lives chasing these so called ‘desirables’ or feeling terrible because we don’t have them. Here is the most glaring example of how false this thought is. Some blame his suicide on alcohol or drug abuse, but what leads to this is rarely questioned. Yeah, sure, creativity and madness, creativity and drugs are connected in some deep and pernicious way. But unless we see how our ambitions and desires and cravings can lead us astray, that their fulfillment has nothing at all to do peace and love and connection, quite the opposite, we will continue to put ourselves and our life in harm’s way.

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