“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 aging. 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 T.V. show? By making the worry about missing one.How do you get them to buy a new smart phone? By making them feel like the 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, messy, human selves, would not be good for business.”
The New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
Never having read Eckhart Tolle I am not familiar with any of his self-help books. Oh I know Oprah raved about him and I have known others that speak so highly of him and his wisdom. I can’t say exactly what that wisdom is but I assume it is directly related to living life in the present and to our full capacity. I am always a little skeptic of the latest self-help trend especially when it’s toted by big media hype, and public figures.
Today a friend posted this quote from a book and without me knowing who wrote it, I was struck but the message. After doing a bit of digging I found out it is from The New Earth, a book written by Eckhart Tolle. *
I will say that no one “makes” us do anything. We all have a choice, we decide what we do or don’t do. I refuse to let the world depress me, but saying that, I haven’t bought into the things mentioned in this Eckhart Tolle quote.
I am happy with my non-upgraded, and comfortable, messy, human self.
Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting the same result.
I stopped doing this 22 years ago and that’s brought me much happiness.
* Note: The above quote may not be attributed to Eckhart Tolle but a quote from Matt Haig’s book Reasons to Stay Alive.