Saturday, 10 December 2016

Taking care of ourselves

On my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur I bought a book, titled, "Do humankind's best days lie ahead?" It is the narrative of a debate held in Canada. Thought provoking.

If we are to learn from history, everything, from health , to mean income, to safety and so many other things are getting better with time. Still there are the pessimists, who call themselves unjustified realists, who have a fatalistic thinking. They rely on what they see on TV and news. They see the end of the world to be near and think for themselves: let us better take care in the mean time of ourselves!

And by taking care of themselves they think about money, wealth, partying and so on.
Not being aware of what taking care of ourselves means is a more grave thinking error, I feel, than being unrealistically pessimistic.

Whether we are optimistic or pessimistic, we should know what brings real happiness to us.
If I eat something I like I am happy but few hours later I am hungry again
If get a new car, I am happy but after a few months I am used to it so much and do not longer feel any excitement about driving it.
If I help a disabled person in a small way, I feel a level of peace of mind that stays and that is the trademark of true happiness.

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