什么是真正快乐的人生? – What is a truly happy life?

人无论有多么辉煌的事业,多么伟大的成就,最终还是要回归自身。自己的身体和自己的灵魂是人唯一能够真正拥有的。

有的人活得像一架挣钱机器,他终生高效运转,赚很多用不到的钱,在从穷人变成富人的初始阶段,他还是能够感觉到快乐的,到后来就变成了一种机械运动,完全不能感觉到快乐,只是一种迟钝的麻木感觉,到后来已经停不下来了,只能一直运作到终老。

有的人过一种完全利他的生活,他牺牲自己的快乐和舒适,抚养孩子,赡养老人,却并没有从中体会到自身的快乐,只是一味吃苦耐劳,把自己的终生变成一种苦行,把自己变成苦行僧。

有的人终身劳作,只是像一颗螺丝钉一样,本本分分规规矩矩地做自己那份工作,起一个螺丝钉的作用,并不能从辛苦的劳作中体会到快乐。这样的人生也许就真的变成一颗螺丝钉了,这种存在最终变得跟无机物非常接近,没有多少生命的气息。

真正快乐的人生是不断关注存在的人生,时时刻刻悉心体会美与爱的人生,是不断回归自我和审视自我的人生。在关注、审视的过程中,看自己有没有体验到生之愉悦,体验到何种程度。

No matter what a brilliant career or what great achievements a person has, he is left with only himself in the end. One’s own body and one’s own soul are the only thing a person can truly have.

Some people live their lives as a money-making machine, and the whole purpose of their life is to earn more money than they can spend. In the early stages, when they move from poverty to wealth, they can feel some happiness, but later on, it just becomes a mechanical movement, and they can no longer feel any happiness, just a dull and number feeling, and they can only go on working till they die.

Some people live a completely altruistic life: they sacrifice their own happiness and comfort entirely to raise children or care about their elders, but they never achieve happiness for themselves, they only work hard, turning their existence into a long penance, becoming pure ascetics.

Some people spend their lives in labour, just like a screw, meticulously doing their assigned task, only playing the role of a screw, and not enjoying the fruits of their hard labour. This kind of existence may very well be that of a screw, with hardly anything organic, hardly any breath of life to it.

The truly happy life is one continually aware of itself, one that continuously appreciates love and beauty, one continuously returning and reflecting on itself. And in this process of awareness and reflection, it will see what joy it has and hasn’t experience, and to what extent.

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August 3, 2018 at 5:11 am

Original translation by NTantzen

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