Change vs. Happiness

Change and Happiness demand very different things. Change requires a need, or even just a desire, to have things be different, and this can, if only temporarily, get in the way of being happy, because it gets in the way of believing that things are already however one wants them to be. On the other hand, happiness doesn't actually require any change at all, except perhaps for a change in perspective, because one can, and often does, rationalize one's way to happiness no matter what's going on around him or her. I believe that changing the way I see things, which might initially allow me to be happier about things, certainly doesn't change things in and of themselves, and actually interferes with the clarity and motivation that is necessary should I have any hope of producing changes in reality itself. This is why drugs, alcohol, and various other superficial “happy makers,” are ultimately obstructions to real change.

 
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