Contentment, Or a Lack Thereof
“The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is.”
– Albus Dumbledore on the Mirror of Erised*
It’s that one thing that people most yearn for all their lives yet few ever attain it.
Those who ever do find them for all different sorts of reasons. Some find it when they have achieved their dreams. Some attain it once they find that one thing they’ve lost and would give everything to have back.
Some are most fortunate for they find contentment simply by living the life they have been blessed with. They are those who seek nothing more but to live a full life and die with the knowledge that their brief time on earth wasn’t wasted.
Contentment brings with it a lot of things. One can have a profound sense of peace, tranquillity and serenity. One can sleep at night confident that even if the sun never rises again, such wouldn’t trouble their hearts.
Most, however, fall through life never experiencing any of that. Some even live a life without ever feeling a real sense of happiness even for the briefest period possible.
Everyone knows that. Yet everyone continues to search for that one thing that could make them live a life of true happiness.
It is rather sad but some, if not most, of these searches are futile for it is none other than human nature that one must fight if one is ever to find contentment. Few could even stand up against it.
Human nature has never really changed throughout the millennia of human history. Humans have always had two things for them: the good and the bad. And, people always chosen the bad. It’s easier and for the moment, it works. And, for some, that is enough.
The bad includes a lot of things. And all these things humans have carried over generations. This includes covetousness.
It’s part of human nature and it is that one thing that keeps humans from ever being truly content.
At one point in someone’s life, a person would say, “I’d never be happier once I achieve this.” However, when the time comes that that same person attains that particular wish, that same person would find a new course and say, “This is not enough, I could have more.”
Humans always want more, more, and more. Nothing is ever enough. Humans covet and few ever find a way out of it.
Those who do?
Those are the ones who are truly more than blessed for they are the only ones who ever really live life.
* From J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“The Mirror of Erised shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts… However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge nor truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.”