The Sources of Life Satisfaction

The notion that belief in anything brings happiness is a conceptual error. Having a belief is something that happens to a person in a variety of ways. Some beliefs are inculcated through education or indoctrination. Other beliefs are the result of one’s life experiences.   Having or lacking a particular belief is not one of those things about which people have freedom of action. Belief in the obvious is surely easier than belief in the more speculative. Modern technology, like the iPhone in one’s hand, is surely easier to believe in than something more speculative like a belief in reincarnation or divine salvation. Life satisfaction or the lack thereof is usually a result of one’s successes or relationships in life, or a consequence of how life may have treated one. But in any case, life satisfaction is not a consequence of beliefs, but rather of one’s life achievements, relationships or mishaps.



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