Monday, May 14, 2012

Why are people so unsatisfied?

Everywhere you look, you see people that are so dissatisfied with so many things in their lives - their looks, their wealth, their achievements, their spouse and anything they can even consider theirs. Here I shall drop a corny like, not very popular:

Being happy is not about having more, it is being content with what you have.

Now, I am not asking that everyone be content with how things are right now - with idiots in government, with people starving while there is abundant food, with homeless people when there is an overabundance of houses, to name a few. Instead I wonder about the motivations behind so many actions that so many people take - working for billions of dollars, which they will never finish spending; trying to look like a model, which is not only nearly impossible but pointless in the least; trying so hard to get laid, when sex just will not fulfill you.

There is just so many things that people do and are motivated to do that does not make sense when you sit down to think about it.

For one looks - guys buying shoes every other week, girls wearing torturous high heels (fake height), make up galore (fake skin), hair extensions (fake hair), fake eye lashes. While admittedly, being good looking does give you a better chance in life, but wouldn't it be better to just admit that you are not as good looking as all that fake stuff is supposed to make you. Why do we have a society that encourages this? Where we substitute looks for merit, intelligence, diligence and many other virtues so much more worthy, as what is important in life.

So much effort is put into this that I am surprised. If you told the child the amount of effort that we as a race put into this - entire industries based around looks - the child would tell you that it does not make any sense! And the child would be right! Yeah... but.... That is what you were about to say isn't it? Yeah, but. With the first word - yeah, you admit that this is logical, but then you add but. That means you already know what is logical yet still would defend senseless efforts towards something that shouldn't matter.

Yeah, but... that's how the world is.... the world is like that... people care about looks, it matters a lot....

You would say this even with the knowledge that it shouldn't matter, and just accept it. You would put all that effort and money into fake looks, but have resigned to have a world with something that very much shouldn't be. It is very much perplexing the things we do that does not make sense.