When is the last time you were happy, blissful, content for a 24 hour period? When is the last time your mind was not filled with frustration, worry, concern, for a 24 hour period? When's the last time your mind was not consumed by the past, or the future, or the next thing you wanted to achieve or strive for a 24 hour period? If you can't remember, the likely hood is you are living an overly stress filled life.
Stress linked to unhappiness is rampant in western societies. Today we have more conveniences than we have ever had, better technology, the best health care the world has ever seen, more access to wealth, financial independence and asset building. We are the most educated we have ever been, the most good looking we have ever been, the most ambitious and driven than we've ever been, yet none of these things serve to increase our happiness, rather, we are becoming more addicted and self destructive than we have ever known ourselves to be in our entire existence.
Addiction is an epidemic in today's' modern society and is the modern mask of unhappiness. Just twenty years ago, out of control addictive behavior manifested in the form of drugs, alcohol and sex. Today addiction manifests in almost every household in western societies. We no longer are addicted to sex, drugs and alcohol of yesteryear, rather we have added to our repertoire of addiction; food, sugar, on-line gaming, texting, tweeting, Facebook, on-line porn, botox, antidepressants, Xanax or anti-anxiety medications, to name but a few.
The world has evolved in ways unrecognisable to twenty years ago. Addictive, self destructive behaviours are normalized on family entertainment shows, and reality shows give a whole new meaning to the new normal for drunken behaviour, promiscuous sex, and pill popping. The issue is not that anybody engages in these behaviours, the true issue is the lack of self fulfilment in choosing these self destructive behaviours to cover up the pain and inadequacy felt deep inside. We are more disconnected from each other than we have ever been. We've lost the art of manifesting joy. We no longer understand how to attain happiness and the thought of a moment of bliss seems intoxicating.