By Omar Bihminide
By Omar Bihminide
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, March 19, 2012
It is well known that the thorny issue of happiness has been a mystery to mankind from time immemorial. No one has so far come up with a recipe on how to put an end to grief and make human beings fully indulgent in happiness for the rest of their lives. Of course, many attempts have been made to do so by psychologists, mood specialists, therapists, scientists, doctors and even many Muslim sheikhs.
Yet, the mystery to many of us is who on earth, be they rich or poor, healthy or sick, has ever lived a happy life for as long as a whole year? For sure, none! Whenever we take the initiative to scrutinize a certain point in our lives, we feel compelled to conclude that the hard times we go through usually outweigh the good ones. And undeniably, this fact has always proved true, since man came into existence.
Man, for instance, can’t help believing that money is indispensable for attaining happiness. But, no sooner do people make large amounts of money by any means than they are shocked to learn that the contrary is rather true; money has kept at bay the happiness they have always looked forward to and that it has made them more worried about their lives than happy about what money has brought them.
People with so much money continuously worry about losing it. Just fear of loss itself is sufficient in that it can make man lead a worried life. They worry about how to make it abundant. They worry about how to invest it. They worry about how to store it and how to economize it so that it will never disappear overnight. They worry about what to do with it as they are getting richer and richer. They worry about the fact that health is better than wealth. In other words, they are not happy in their lives even if money is present.
Nowadays, people all over the world go on to believe that once they realize the dream of financial security, they will settle down and no longer think about the burdens and concerns of everyday life. To their utter astonishment, they find out that the contrary holds true, particularly if the position that they have always dreamed to hold has offered them nothing but more worry about the best use of it.
As far as I am concerned, as a university student, I used to think that procuring the position of teacher would immediately help me get rid of all the financial troubles I had been in, and would make me happier than previously for the remainder of my life. However, slowly but surely, since I became a teacher, I must admit that I have begun to worry more than before. I worry about when and how to buy a flat to live in. I worry about when to find a girl and settle down. I also worry about whether I have fully helped my family that once stood by me as a pupil and a student.
It is a truism that life would be meaningless, tedious and monotonous without every day’s troubles, worries, concerns, etc. being part of it. Quite the contrary, it is the latter that endow it with a sense and a value. Problems give it a meaning, and try imagining a life without problems. I do not think this sort of life will make man happy, either. Happiness is ephemeral. Despite this, all humans are running after it. Some find this transient happiness in children; some find it in fame; some find it in money; some find it in love; some others find it in poverty; some others find it in buying a new car or a villa; some find it in nothing. Yet, the happiness these people claim to find is ephemeral. It doesn’t last long no matter what or what the secret to it is.
Omar Bihmidine is high school teacher of English. He obtained his Associate Degree at Choaib Eddoukali University in 2008. His writings take the form of short stories, poems and articles, many of which have been published in Sous Pens magazine, in the ALC magazine in Agadir, and in the late Casablanca analyst newspaper.
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