The Plague of Discontentment

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The Plague of Discontentment

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The Plague of Discontentment

A cool breeze and sunny beaches, few people would deny the innate beauty of such things. Still, even under those ideal and peaceful conditions, we always find some reason to complain. It’s basic human nature – to never be satisfied. It is almost as though we need to be discontent, as if we cannot function without some sort of whine at our lips.  As cynical a thought as it may be, it also happens to be true. We, as humans, often express feelings of entitlement, acting as though the world itself owes us something wonderful, when it simply does not. We are fortunate to have what we do and, despite our destructive habits, we are allowed to continue in our near-spoiled existence. Though the reasons are unfathomable, and the consequences are often harsh, humanity dwells in a constant state of discontent. More often than not, we go through life, drifting from one window to the next – from each moment to the one following – searching, desperately, for something to ease our minds, and, again, more often than not, we fail to find it. Could it be, perhaps, that we are doomed to a life of dismay and desperation? Will we never see the truest beauty, lurking just beyond the sunset? Or, just maybe, the source of our discontentment lies at the center – that is to say, within the heart – of something subtle and base? Does discontentment define us, as both a species and a people, or do we determine our dissatisfaction via other means? Here, now, is a truer question: does it even matter?

Yes, we are a discontent and scarcely satisfied species. Yes, we seldom bask ourselves in moments of pure delight. And yes, we are more known for complaints than praise. But, in the end, does it matter? Does discontentment hinder our existences in any conceivable way? Does it harm our livelihood, or is the very idea of it all irrelevant in itself? The fact of the matter is that humanity is capable of existing, and will continue in its capability for a long time...

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