Happiness Is a Collective Work

From ancient times, people have been in a continuous search for happiness, whether it consists of love, money, power or safety. They have rushed towards it with all their might, because the man is fundamentally built up with a spiritual need for happiness – which is, however, very subjective. Even so, it has been generally linked to the interaction among people, and it isn’t strange at all considering that humans live in communities.

Everyone tries to figure out the secret for a genuinely happy life, but unfortunately, nobody has found it out yet. On the one hand, there are some directions, some suggestions, but nothing that can be universally used – it’s not necessarily a bad thing; in that manner, each person has his own unique journey. At least that’s what people have believed for a very long time. But the writer George Orwell has put forward the following theory „Happiness can only exist in acceptance”. I totally agree with it. At the first glance, the quote seems trivial, but if we try to catch its essence, it has a harsh truth hidden in it. Happiness comes in many forms, nonetheless, at a certain point, there are some conditions that have to be reached.

We, as humans, are very judgemental in regards to anything. We know what we ought to do, and how it feels to be judged, but we don’t change out behaviour when it comes to other persons. That’s the saddest part, in my opinion. The sentence that Orwell has written has a very important word; it is only. He makes it clear that there is no other way for living a happy life, but with the help of acceptance.

Only when we learn to love and accept the other as he is, and vice versa, will we be able to achieve happiness. Until then, even if we think we experience happiness, it is just an illusion. When I say acceptance, I think about understanding, helping, tolerating – briefly, accepting the other with all his imperfections. Moreover, I think that when people will be able to see the difference as the particularity of somebody, that’s the moment when we will be mature enough to experience the pure happiness, the one that feeds human’s spirit. For example, if we bring somebody’s shortcoming to light, we shouldn’t care less about that person.

In conclusion, true happiness, felt from the entire soul, can only exist in the acceptance of the whole society – not because of it, but through it.

Happiness can only exist in acceptance.

George Orwell


2 thoughts on “Happiness Is a Collective Work

  1. I am a huge admirer of George Orwell and this was such an intelligent post and very insightful into our society, as was Orwell. I think I agree with the quote too and I think it exposes a very harsh reality, but is there such thing as an acceptance within ourselves which can out weigh any of ‘society’s’ judgments? Or is that just idealistic?


    • Hm… It is hard to say. To explain a little further – since we are born, we are never thought to accept ourselves in spite of the society’s opinion. We learn that we should not be nonconformists or stand out in any way that might seem strange. As I’ve grown up, I tried to get rid of any embarrassment in regards to what others might say about me – as long as I accept myself, it’s just fine; I have to mention I am not encouraging anyone to be disobedient, or break the rules and have no morality because he “accepts” himself so. However, I think that in order to achieve happiness and to evolve as human beings, the acceptance has to come from within us as much as from the society. There has to be a balance, accepting ourselves while judging others would be not only hypocritical, but also selfish.


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