Scallywag

Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little.

~ Venerable Cheng Yen ~

How To Find Happiness in 3 Easy Steps

November 30th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 56 secs

You want happiness, riches, and fame?You name it, we got it!

Don’t you just detest the way the web has become a gigantic sideshow alley for hucksters? Like so many hungry spiders, whispering, “Come into my parlor little fly…” they lurk around the fringes, waiting to spring. Hard-selling their way into your purse, shysters and con artists ply their trade at everyone’s expense.

“So you want more happiness and success? We can give them to you. Follow these steps and, hey presto! They’re a done deal. Just keep making the monthly payments and your happiness and infinite success are assured…”

Wrong! The only thing assured is their ugly scamming. So you have to discern whether people are ‘kosher’ or not. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with people selling things. Just that it deserves to be done with dignity.

Pressure tactics, and manipulation sell. But what about treating people well? How can people engage with others without owning their actions? For me, it all looks like a desperately sad grab for cash. With a world wide web full of modern day Fagins, the Nineteenth Century author Charles Dickens would no doubt be shaking his head in disbelief.

That’s why the Internet could be renamed the world wide web of wariness. Why can’t people be respectful and ‘normal’ online? After all, we wouldn’t tolerate these behaviors in our local street. So why online?

I’ve wondered whether it’s still a sign that the web is in its early days. People go a bit crazy when something is new, don’t they? Then, when a certain standard has been established, things become more civilised. Well that’s the theory. So far though, I can’t really see the web generating greater happiness and civility. It seems more like a vast cacophony of shouting spruikers, all vying for your attention twenty-four hours a day.

So can you really find happiness online? Maybe. Not through deals and bargains, but potentially via real relationships and ideas. The core of the Internet that draws us all toward it, is actually each other. We love to communicate what’s on our mind and the web lets us do it either remarkably well or very shabbily. Yet, despite the web’s mass appeal, happiness remains a human scale issue; not quite a hi-tech thing.

That’s because your happiness is an intimate issue. Not global and dictated to you by others, but private and uniquely personal. If the web lets you share with dignity and respect, then the “three easy steps, but only if you register now” hoopla looks as pointless and deceptive as it really is.  What matters, as it always has mattered, is that your happiness depends on personal connection. And that’s something every pitch, limited offer, and buy now appeal can never provide.

 

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