Wednesday, August 10, 2005

One week off

For the two or three people checking my blog on a regular basis, one week off doesn't sound like a long time out of the scene. As a matter of fact, last time I wrote something was two weeks ago, when life still seemed to be perfect.

Since then, some things have started to flip around, confirming one of the most important theories I could ever possibly learn: whenever something improves, something else goes wrong. This simple concept, also known as "the conservation of misery", was initially intended to explain why electrical circuits could never satisfy all design criterias, such as power consumption, oscillation frequency, stability, etc. Based on a more serious theory -"the conservation of energy"-, this law quickly became the best way to encourage your fellow students after their circuits started smelling like burned paper.

Misery seems to be a constant in life, and even if we work hard to get rid of it, there will always be thousands of variables involved in the equation, leaving us on similar situation to the one we were before starting our journey. Lets say, for example, that we are students, so we have lots of free time, but almost no money to enjoy it. So then we work, expecting to earn some money, but the truth is, now we have no time to enjoy it. So then we organize ourselves, trying to find an equilibrium between both things, but then we realize our friends have decided to do something else with their time and money, so we cannot really share it with them. So then we have kids, perhaps hoping to have someone to share with, but the truth is, from that moment on, all your time and money is gone...

As I said before, everytime we improve things, some others seems to go wrong. But the good news is, if misery is a constant, so it must be happiness, its obvious counterpart. Sounds good, doesn't it? No matter what we do, happiness will always remain the same. Happiness, as well as energy, is merely transformed by our actions -not wasted, not increased, just transformed- so we can either decide to carry on with the life we lead or to get lost in the search of adventures, but still expect to be as happy as before. The difference is, changes tend to provide you with a different perspective, and with it, your perception of happiness is temporarily altered. But once you sit down for a second, and get to evaluate all variables, you get to the unavoidable conclusion that things are just different: not really better, but at least not really worse.

If you have a different impression on this topic, please feel free to leave your comments. I will definitely appreciate your input. Although to be honest, right now I am only looking forward to take that Easy Jet flight on Saturday and get myself lost in the golden sands and clear waters of Mallorca. I think I deserve it :)


Catalina said...

Hi Marche,

So far, this been the best post that I’ve seen in your blog.
I really can’t remember which philosopher said that happiness versus sadness and illness versus health is important to appreciate the other part. Is like for instance, if you have never been sick, how can you appreciate your health? After a very annoying disease, you always appreciate more the part of you that was sick.

People are never satisfied with what they have. They always want more and after they get it, they realize that they want something else. That is why is very important that feeling of emptiness, of something missing, without it, us, humans wouldn’t be what we are.

I hope you enjoy the beach!

Andres said...

Don Montana!

I disagree. I am a big believer of the "misery conservation" theory, but I believe that when it comes to life "misery conservation" applies only on average. There are moments when everything in your life is going well and there are moments where everything sucks. The average is the same for most peole.

The only reason why there are happy and miserable people is because hapiness is relative. It depends on how you value the good moments in your life and how hard the bad stuff hits you.