Why the world doesn’t want you to be happy

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I’m going to share with you a snippet of Matt Haig book’s “Reasons to stay alive”, this is very thought provoking about how the world manipulate our minds, I would like to know your opinions about this matter.

The world is increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isn’t very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturizer? You make someone worry about ageing. How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration. How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything. How do you get them to have plastic surgery? By highlighting their physical flaws. How do you get them to watch a TV show? By making them worry about missing out. How do you get them to buy a new smartphone? By making them feel like they are being left behind. To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business.

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  1. I think creative negative emotions is certainly a big part of the story. To get people to take action of some kind (e.g. buying a product, voting for a candidate) requires motivating them. Fear, envy, anger and a whole lot of other unpleasant emotions are one major way to do this. I’m not sure that all motivating factors are necessarily nasty, but many certainly are.

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    • We are products of a cultral belief system that ignore what matters the most and instead worship useless stuff.
      Using fear and other dirty tactics to manipulate people is very effective method, and I agree with you not all the motivating factors are nasty. It is also our fault, we are all born with brains so why don’t we use it to see the truth.

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      • We can see fear-mongering and dirty tactics all around in politics these days. Sadly, a lot of people don’t seem able to see through it. 😦

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  2. Couldn’t agree more. It’s everywhere and it starts with our kids and what they are supposed to do in order to be happy. What they are supposed to have in order to have the minimum. It truly is a constant battle against pressure coming from the outside. A constant battle to keep your true self alive and stay true to what your values are. Everything is a trend, everyone wants you to follow. You reach a certain age you need certain drugs to keep you going. Wow… This snippet really makes you ponder…

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