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Happiness in goodness

india Updated: May 23, 2012 00:03 IST
Arvind Alok

Seek not happiness other than by being worthy of it. Seek happiness in the joy of duty which is nobly done, so said the Buddha. Here is a fundamental basis of the art of social interaction. Here is a moral teaching of human fellowship, not of abstract faith. Here is a concept of personal growth and the creation of happiness in any society.

At times people act out of anger and hatred even when they are not influenced by moods. The history of human race would have been different if kindness and consideration had been practiced at all times. However, throughout history, man is seen to have been more interested in inflicting suffering than in alleviating it. Albert had Einstein said, "The world is too dangerous to live in, not because of people who do evil but because of people who sit and let it happen."

Due to man's foolishness and ignorance, he cannot fathom the pain he inflicts on others. Poor and helpless animals are being tortured or killed by the so-called civilised men in their pursuit of sport and adventure. The poor and innocent are callously exploited to gratify and satisfy the cravings of modern society. So many have to suffer and die for the entertainment and pleasure of a few.

It is bad enough to strike at a defenseless animal or to exploit another human being, but to laugh and take delight at such inhuman activities is to reveal the weaker and darker side of human personality. Foolish people take delight in committing evil with a false sense of pleasure.

There are some who can laugh at the pain suffered by others. It is not funny when someone hurts himself. It is also not funny to see anybody suffer. Unfortunately, many do not seem to think that way. To be noble, people must renounce these defiled mental states. They must learn to develop compassion and a caring heart for the welfare of all creatures, great and small. Only then we would have done our duty well on this earth.