If you study even the smallest bit of science, you will realize that, for all practical purposes, we are nothing. We’re basically monkeys on a small rock orbiting a small, backwards star in a huge galaxy, which is in an absolutely staggeringly gigantic universe, which itself may be part of a gigantic multiverse.
This universe has been around for probably 10 billion years or more, and will be around for tens of billion years afterwards. So your existence, my existence, is just infinitesimal. It is like a firefly blinking once in the night. Nothing that we do lasts. Eventually you will fade, your works will fade, your children will fade, your thoughts will fade, this planet will fade, the sun will fade … it will all be gone. There are entire civilizations that we remember now with just one or two words like ‘Sumerian’ or ‘Mayan.’ Do you know any Sumerians or Mayans? Do you hold any of them in high regard or esteem? Have they outlived their natural lifespan somehow? No.
If you are, just like me, a non-believer in an afterlife, then you should realize that this is such a short and precious life. So it is really important that you don’t spend it being unhappy. There is no excuse for spending most of your life, both your private and business life, in misery. You have only about 80 years out of the 50 billion or however long the universe is going to be around. Make sense of it. Be happy.
I don’t know how you define happiness. Mine is best described by paraphrasing Samuel Johnson: the ultimate result of all ambition is to be happy at home.
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