A question in my mind drags to think on how our ancestors were and how we are today. The change seems obvious. What factors brought change. It is perhaps due to “innovation”. The question arises, “Is innovation the sole owner of change?” How can we define it? The answer prevails around us. Lots of things exist within our sight, but what we are enjoying is most probably the valid answer. If we are compared with our ancestors on how we travel, where we live, what we eat, how we get information, how we earn, how we cultivate, what we use during illnesses, how far we fly helps to define it.
A question always harshly pinches me during comparison. How many children did my granny give birth to and how many survived? She gave birth till she could no longer give birth. I am born alone. The change, in fact, has become possible due to innovation. Therefore, innovation is regarded as the genesis of human civilization. Addition of innovation on previous layer has drastically uplifted life and we are enjoying the present form of civilization. The process of civilization begins with that prehistoric day where humans used fire in a controlled manner.
Everyone experiences happiness. In the earliest days of my childhood, I remember, my father bought a toy plane for me, which made me immensely happy. This toy was highly sophisticated and similar to that of a plane but couldn’t take off only. Later on when I got a school bag with a tiffin box, I became happy but not like with the toy plane. With the varieties of contents in the tiffin box, the barometer of happiness used to rise and fall.
During an anniversary program in a kindergarten, a lottery won me a cartoon of noodles, making me extremely happy. I didn’t let even my parents touch it and carried it home. However, nowadays I am not happy about such happenings. From these evidences, what I generalize is that the nature of happiness changes over time. The other significant essence of happiness is how long it remains. Why the durability of happiness is not perpetual and gradually deteriorates and then disappears.
Perhaps the domains of happiness are different which emerge differently even from the same niche. The happiness emerged from the influence of materialism begins to fade whereas the happiness sprung from sacrifice of sensual gratification with the experience of divine light gives rise to eternal truth-consciousness-bliss.