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In response to Amy above, I'm interested to hear that humans aren't 'meant' to be unhappy. Looking at it from purely a Darwinian perspective, what advantage does happiness confer? How would satisfaction encourage the struggle for survival and/or mating?
I disagree. I don't think humans are meant to be happy. I believe we are meant to struggle toward our own perceived goals. And, when we achieve them we gain a measure of satisfaction. But did you ever know anyone who stopped striving even after they had met their goals? Our lot is to strive endlessly until they plant us. As it is for all animals. The difference is, unlike other animals, we don't die (at least not in America) when we miss or fail to achieve our goals. Instead, for many of us, we get depressed.
But that isn't the whole of it. Many of us are not suited to the artificial cultural and environmental conditions that we as a society have created. Our minds are not suited for that type of struggle--nor of course were our minds even built for such an exercise. So it shouldn't be surprising that modern humans can slip into intense sadness and emotional pain. This is also why, when that struggle becomes more intense as with the current financial horror, more of us become suicidal.
In other words, I'm normal, and its all of YOU who are crazy...heh.
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