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- More than 36,909 people took their own lives in 2009.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.
- There are 8 to 25 attempted suicides for each actual suicide death.
Looking at more recent news around the country, Obama and Romney are neck and neck at 47% a piece in the polls, a whopping 60% no longer believe in mainstream media, unemployment is still holding at about eight percent, it's the third time gas prices have risen to near $3.87 a gallon within the past year and a half, a majority of workers in their 60s say they don't have enough to retire on, climate change heats up again as ice in the Arctic may be reaching a "point of no return," health care costs are expected to rise 7.5% in 2013 according to one firm, and the chilling massacre during the film Dark Knight Rises has now embroiled into a new lawsuit against movie theater security. And there's a lot more than that going on out there in the world.
- Owning a mansion with a helipad
- Graduating from UC Berkeley with honors
- Playing pro ball for the Lakers
- Driving a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster
- Winning $100 million dollars
- Sleeping in all day, every day
- Sparking an exciting romance with Jessica Alba
- Starting a family with someone you love
- Becoming the CEO of a Fortune 500 company
- Having a private chef that looks like Brad Pitt
- Being on the cover of Rolling Stone
The problem with relative happiness is that...
Health --> allergies, back pain, or gray hair
In this way, each of our goals becomes lost to the next one,
and the next one,
and the next one.
But in the end...
Each day we inch closer and closer toward death.
We can't depend on relative happiness to be there for us all the time, because life is so unpredictable. At any given moment, all the happiness we've come to know can crumble. This is exactly why our suffering never seems to cease throughout our lives no matter how great our lives become.
This kind of happiness, available to all people without exception, never collapses through old age, sickness, or even in the face of death. Bottom line, it never fades under any circumstances.
The next post explores the life story of the Buddha (known as Sakyamuni Buddha in Japan) and how he learned of the difference between relative happiness and absolute happiness 2,600 years ago.