In search of happiness lost

“In civilization, a frequent outcome of the operating of the system is constant misery.

Too often, long-unfulfilled needs press from within while circumstances press from without for which we have inadequate preparation or maturity. We are living lives for which our evolution did not equip us, and we are also handicapped, in our attempts to cope, by faculties crippled by personal deprivation.

Our standard of living rises without bringing up our standard of well-being, or quality of life, except on rare occasions, usually at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale, where such matters as hunger and cold still have reality as factors in the loss of well-being. More often, the causes of unhappiness are less clear-cut.”

(The Continuum Concept – Jean Liedloff)

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