Einstein sold happiness for $1.3M

A note about happiness by Einstein sold for $1.3M in an auction. A note.

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” it reads.

What are we valuing here? The fact that it was written by Einstein or he uncovered some truth about happiness?

Most things in the world don’t make sense to me. We place such insane value on memorabilia and less value on current existence. Vincent Van Gogh lived his life in misery and then was worth so much after his death. There are so many talented souls that lives in such a manner.

What fascination does death hold that increases the value of objects exponentially? Is it merely the talent? I doubt it.

Humans live in fantasy. We thrive on notions of what might have been and what was without even understanding the implications of things. We remember dates and events without learning the lessons. We enjoy our hindsight retrospection and fail to see what’s now.

I beg to differ from what Einstein said, it’s not simple the calm and modest life that brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.

Firstly, the definition of success varies with each individual. The calm and modest life might have worked in the past, but in this day and age, calm and modest doesn’t mean the same. Happiness can’t be measured, regardless of what anyone says. Happiness ranks as an extreme emotion that shouldn’t and can’t be felt at all times. It’s the peak and we get there once in a while. It’s contentment, living with the compromises you have made, and value what’s there with you now. People keep shoving the notion of happiness down our throats like if we aren’t happy, its our own fault.

Happiness stems from sadness. If you don’t understand or felt sad, you can’t understand happiness. I won’t attempt to know what happiness is or how can we acquire it. All I know is, we are living in a day and age where more and more people are depressed and suffering from various mental ailments. And the $1.3M note, isn’t worth it.