Today, believing the notion of the Sun orbiting the Earth would have many people believe that you are insane, or highly uneducated at the very least.
However, quite a number of people still believe that the Earth does not orbit the Sun. A common problem in today’s society is that people have a bizarre belief that the world revolves around them. The name for this phenomenon is ‘individualism’.
This ideology came into existence in the 1960’s, during the counter-culture revolution in the United States. The world and it’s populace was yearning for a utopian post-war society. The counter-culture society had a rift circa 1970 on how to re-order society. The rift was between two different ideologies, the belief that to change the world, the individual had to liberate itself from corporate power, known as individualism and the belief that to change the world, the collective had to liberate itself from corporate power, known as collectivism. Individualism won out due to it’s difficulty to regulate and we as a society feel the ramifications of this decision today.
But Jack, I hear you ask: liberation of the individual from corporate power is a great idea is it not? My answer to this question is that yes, in theory individualism is a great idea, but corporations being the slimy things they are saw that people wanted to express themselves individually and thought, ‘great, we can sell these people things that boost their self-importance.’ Think about it. Why have Rolex watches become such a status symbol? Is because they can tell you what time it is in hyperspace? No, it’s because they are expensive, leading the buyer to feel that they have achieved success when they buy one. And by this exploitation, the corporations make excessive money, the radicals killed themselves with their own ideology.
In this secular world, where science has in itself become a religion, we are taught that buying things, and expressing ourselves will lead to our eventual happiness. If not consuming, then you get enslaved by the goal of fame, whereupon you are given such an ego boost by quote on quote success, that you can easily be coerced by the corporate world to sell products to masses, that is, if you are lucky enough to be aware of it even happening. Well these myths are bullshit, plain and simple. Think about the most expensive thing you own. When you brought it, did you think, I feel complete – I’m truly happy. Of course you didn’t, but I’ll bet you were besotted with it for a few days. That’s what consumerism is, a drug that gives you quick fixes but never makes you truly happy. How ironic, that individualism, an idea designed to liberate the individual has lead to an increase in suicide rates globally since the 60’s. People realise the myth when it is too late, dreams of fame and recognition have ended and all that awaits is growing old.
What does make us happy? Let’s go to Denmark, the happiest country in the world to find out. It turns out that the Danes place a huge value on connection. Hygge refers to the Danish idea of making architecture as comfortable as possible, to remove barriers between people and encourage conversation and closeness between people. Danes themselves have even said that they put their countries’ level of happiness down to hygge, an idea specific to the area. In most modern western civilisations, there are quite a number of people that don’t know their neighbours, Denmark however is quite comfortable with being an open society with tight knit communities, where neighbourly relations are rather more warm. Denmark understands that the collective is more important than the individual when it comes to happiness. You like going out with your friends, yes? Well there’s the secret, look after your friends, speak to them more and in person.
Why is connection so important? Is there something we don’t know about that makes it necessary for us to really connect and have deeper relationships with those in our lives? Call me crazy but I think that there is. Indeed, the world does not revolve around you or me, it revolves around the sun. Money doesn’t make the world go round, but sharing some with a friend might just do the trick.
You are not the Sun. The world doesn’t decide if you have a bad day or not, that is entirely up to you and how you interact with the people in it. Most problems generally stem from thought – the world isnt out to get you, it’s there to invite you in to create relationships and to be happy, not to pursue happiness.