The great Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung said:
Man is an animal that has gone crazy. There are two ways out of this madness: it needs to either become an animal again, or become bigger than a person.
Do you know truly happy personalities?
Most people in the world suffer for one reason or another all their lives.
- Sitting in small apartments or huge mansions
- In Tata Nano or the new Porsche
- Playing games or working hard
- Doing business or working for someone
- Being married or single gay people.
How many stories in the world about married top managers who were found dead from substance abuse on escort yachts? How many movie, music and art stars have become alcoholics? How many people started wars and killed hundreds of thousands of people?
Happiness is not and never has been the goal of evolution. Do not die and extend your family – this is what is required of a living being. The rest is not important.
Man appeared in this world by chance. We are the product of coincidences that have led us to the fact that we are now “allowed” to think, speak, analyze, predict, create paintings, films and fly into space.
But all this does not bring joy in the end. Still bad. Anyway, something is missing.
Why? Good question. Joy can only be here and now, in the sense of one’s emotions and feelings. How animals can do this when they run for a walk, as young children can do, until they become morose adults.
Many of us watched a video in which a father spent 18 years in a row videotaping his daughter? The older she became, the more she turned from a joyful girl into a sad teenager.
We have been taught from childhood: it is impossible, it is impossible, it is not necessary, it is wrong, it is not necessary, it is necessary. This is upbringing, without it anywhere. Parenting is always prohibitions, restrictions, regulation. But such a life leads to the inability to enjoy the moment. We think about what other people will think, what awaits us in the future, what we still lack, what needs to be done, done, done. These voices constantly sound in our heads; they cannot be shut up for no reason.
We cannot go back and become animals again. So Jung is right, we need to become something more than a person. Someone who knows how and look to the future, and at the same time enjoy the moment.
How to do it? Another good question.