Of course, I have heard that the relative world is made of opposites, as if we can't have happiness without sadness. The word relative itself refers to an up and down scale. We are happier or less happy or most happy or seldom. Something goes fast or slow. We have tall and short, little and big.
I personally don't mind tall and short, though I wouldn't mind being a little taller, but I would have no objection to a world where everyone was happy, not more or less, but just happy. I really don't think it would be boring. We would still have all the other differences. We wouldn't always know ahead of time what kind of happiness would show up. Life could still be full of surprises, only they would all be nice ones.
There's an author I used to read a lot years ago. Rumer Godden. She was an English writer who had grown up in India. I liked her writing and her characters and her stories a lot. Some of her novels were made into Masterpiece Theatre productions.
I remember the title of only one book of hers, and that was An Episode of Sparrows. There is one line I remember -- it could have been from An Episode of Sparrows, but it may have been from another book by Rumer Godden.
What I remember is an older woman talking to a younger woman. The younger woman says to the older woman, "Is it true then that no one is happy?"
The older woman answers, "Yes, it's true."
And then she adds, "But they're happy in spite of it."
Obviously, I never forgot that line.
I suppose, as we leave ego more and more behind us, there is no longer the question, "Am I happy?" Life wouldn't be a question of personal happiness any longer. Our minds would be on other things.
Would the Great Ones, as God refers to Christ and Buddha and Mohammed and so on, even ask themselves the question, "Am I happy?"
I wonder, was Gandhi happy?
Was Lincoln? In his personal life, we know he wasn't. His home life was miserable. His partner in his law office often saw him come into work crying. Certainly, there had to be something great in Lincoln's heart that surpassed personal happiness.
What do you make of it all?