Why people do not ask the genie for happiness?
Listed below is the comprehensive set of reasons people come up with, for not asking the genie for happiness:
- Happiness does not come to those who chase it too directly.
- Happiness is too abstract—it’s difficult to define it. In contrast, money, fame, power, etc., are much more concrete.
- Happiness is a shallow emotion.
- Happiness is fleeting. Why ask for something that won’t last?
- Other goals, like, “pursuit of Truth,” “being one with God,” or “being accomplished,” are more important than happiness.
- I fear that I would become selfish if the genie granted me happiness. If I could be happy no matter what, why should I care for others?
- I’m already as happy as I want to be.
- I don’t want to be happy all the time; I sometimes want to feel negative emotions.
- I don’t deserve to be happy.
- Happiness should be earned, not received. In other words, I want to be happy for the right reasons.
- Asking the genie for happiness is tantamount to handing over the keys to my life to the genie. I would no longer be in control of my life—the genie would!
- I can’t be happy unless I have ____________ (fill in the blanks). For example, I know I can’t be happy unless I have lots of money . So, why not ask for the things that I know will make me happy?