Hugh MacLeod at GapingVoid.com had a great post today asking folks for their ‘manifestos'. Thanksgiving inspired me to write mine on happiness. Here's what I wrote and what Hugh posted (with a couple grammatical edits and Hugh's wonderful illustration!):
Al'adar mu tana cike da sakonni wadanda zasu kai mu ga hanyar halaka kai. Ana daidaita Farin ciki da abubuwan da bamu da… motoci, kuɗi, fakiti 6, kyaututtuka, salon rayuwa, ko ma soda. Ilimi daidai yake da dukiya, duk da cewa ya tara ko ya gada. Wannan cutar ce ta al'adunmu, yana tabbatar mana da cewa ba mu da wayewa, ba ma wadatar wadata, ba mu isa ba.
Kafofin watsa labarai suna nishadantar da mu da labaran arziki, jima'i, aikata laifi, da iko - duk abubuwan da zasu cutar da mu ko wasu idan aka wuce gona da iri. Har ila yau gwamnatinmu tana shiga cikin bata gari, tana mana kwalliya da kuri'a. Kowane saƙon talla da kowane kasuwanci iri ɗaya ne, “Za ku yi farin ciki lokacin”.
We are not happy with our spouses, so we get divorced. We're not happy with our homes, so we relocate our families and buy bigger until we can't afford them. We shop until our credit is used up and we go bankrupt. We are not happy with our jobs, so we join in hurtful politics to try to accelerate our promotions. We're not happy with our employees so we hire new ones. We're not happy with our profits, so we let faithful employees go.
We are a culture of individuals who are told that hording is the best path to happiness. The grass is always greener – the next girlfriend, the next home, the next city, the next job, the next drink, the next election, the next, next, next… We are never taught to be happy with what we have now. We must have it, and have it now. That's when we'll be happy.
Since it's only possible for the selected few to have it all, the bar is always higher than we can reach. We can never achieve happiness as defined by our culture. How do we cope? We medicate. Illicit drugs, alcohol, prescription medications, tobacco are all necessary and popular since they take the edge off of our unfulfilled lives.
A gaskiya, muna saman duniya. Mu ne shugabannin da ke da komai na nasarar da aka auna al'ada da shi. Muna da sojoji mafi karfi, mafi kyawun albarkatun kasa, tattalin arziki mafi girma, da kuma mutane masu ban mamaki.
Amma duk da haka, ba mu da farin ciki.
Don't rely on anyone or anything outside your own self to drive your happiness. It is up to no one but you. When you own your happiness no one can steal it, no one can buy it, and you don't have to look elsewhere to find it. But you can give some away anytime you would like!
God bless you and yours this fantastic Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is 1 day out of a year. Perhaps we should have “Self-giving” and reverse our calendar. Let us spend the rest of the year being happy with what we have and one day spoiling ourselves with what we don't have. Let us be happy with our family, our children, our home, our job, our country and our lives.
Za ku yi farin ciki… idan kun sami farin ciki a cikin kanku.