“The scale of circumstance is not ‘happiness’ and ‘unhappiness’. There are a lot of ‘happy’ people in this world and a lot of ‘unhappy’ people, but this doesn’t matter. Chasing happiness rearranges your life so that you prevent yourself from taking the risks and enduring the suffering that’s likely to provide you with any sort of lasting awareness or wisdom. And that wisdom will always be offset by more suffering, so it’s important to learn to navigate the world in a way that isn’t just centered around happiness and well-being.”

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