How long has happiness existed?
I mean, as an emotion it has existed for as long as we have had the cognitive ability to think, but how long has it existed as a “concept”?
Why do we place so much importance on something of our own invention? It’s at a point where if you don’t have happiness in your life then you are missing something that you need. This “inherently destined” want of happiness makes a lot of people a lot of money: either through the sale of drugs or, to a greater extent, religion.
Humanity gives life a sense of worth that no other animal does. I think it is because we don’t want to accept that life exists because of a combination of molecules. Of course, we hadn’t made those scientific discoveries yet but the search for meaning is why the concept of a soul was invented. We needed an extra ‘element’ to show that we were different, and that our lives meant something.
Maybe that’s also why we invented God; we HAD to have been created to fulfill some grand purpose right?
Hmm, that’s probably why we are searching for intelligent life in space, and why most depictions of it results in aliens being humanoid in appearance and much more intelligent than us. It’s not that we are alone, we are surrounded by millions of species of animals, but that nothing else is intelligent like us.
Anyway, fuck happiness. We’re just fooling ourselves anyway.