TO BE HAPPY
childhood on, man is taught responsibilities: responsibilities for
his honour, property, friends, and family. So he is burdened with
duties and given the impression that he can never be happy unless
his health, his honour, his fortune, and everything else are all in
good shape. And these duties and responsibilities harass him every
Obviously, this is an odd way of
being happy: yet this is the best way of making him unhappy.
If you remove all of man's cares,
then he would see himself and think about who he is, whence he came
and wither he is going. Man cannot be too occupied and
distracted if he must find salvation. When freed from his duties and
responsibilities, he is filled with diversions and sports to keep
himself fully occupied. How hollow and foul is the heart of man! Is
this why the saints always did leave all things?