Week 13 – Misery

We can say that misery can mean the lack of the necessities for an individual to survive, and also a state of great physical or mental distress. Abraham Maslow showed us the human needs through a hierarchy pyramid, where the greatest needs are physiological ones and the final need is self-actualisation. However, nowadays we see few people who look after their most basic needs. In general we don’t sleep well, either taking too many hours or only a few hours. We spend too much time on the computer, on our smartphones and watching TV, instead of resting our minds with healthy things.

This misery of our most basic conditions leads to the misery of our personal conditions, like our relationships, our objectives, our work, and our dreams. We become miserable in spirit, and this in my experience is the worst misery that the human being can face. The misery of spirit leads us to be selfish to the point of damaging ourselves. What is it worth to have a Porsche in your driveway if you house is empty because your family relationships are broken? What is it worth to have a fat bank account and have the ability to give every material thing to your kids and family if you cannot give them the greatest good, which is your time? We need to make an end of the misery that exists inside us before our soul becomes ill. Lots of people are so rich with so little, those people who know how to make the most of life and enjoy the important things.

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