A couple of days ago I went to a museum and saw a lot of documentary pictures from 50’s and 60’s. My company said that “We are much happier than those in 50’s and 60’s, but we often forget how lucky we are”.
To some extent, I agreed with this thought, especially if this is about safety of our daily life. But “happiness” consists of multiple layers and I believe that there has always been the same amount of happiness and unhappiness throughout our human history. And I started to think about something.
Currently I have lived in Poland. Poland is usually considered a developing country, while my home country, Japan, is usually categorised a developed country.
It does not mean that quality of life and other aspects of the society feels lower than Japan. Society here is organised and functional. And people are civilised. Since I came here, I have not felt my quality of life decreased. In a sense, when it comes to such “materialistic aspects”, the difference is not so obvious anymore here in Poland and other developed countries. But, when it comes to people’s consciousness, or a level of realisations, there must be difference, and actually this is what I was concerned before coming to Poland.
Two countries have different history . Thus, although seemingly both countries enjoys a similar level of prosperity , still difference must remain.
In Japan, people already realised that economic prosperity does not provide complete happiness. Materialistic growth does not give us a complete sense of happiness. Rather it brings us complete boredom
Economic fulfilment, namely “money”, is a necessary component for happiness. But money is not sufficient. Rather, not a few people noticed that money actually hinders us from reaching happiness and they started to think “Less is more”. An attention to simplicity or veganism might derive from here.
In other words, people who live in Japan or other developed countries already know that what kind of “catastrophe”, or “emptiness”, is waiting for us after economical success and that “the more we get, the more we become happy” is mere illusion and delusion.
What I am still slightly concerned is that not many people in this country have realised this and still seems to naively believe that magnificent slogan, “the more we get, the more we become happy”.