# [[Epistemic status]]
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Here we assume **happiness is a positive asymmetry for any human.**
>The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
>~ [[John Milton]]
Happiness is a choice, not an effect.
>But the most important finding of all is that **happiness** does not really depend on objective conditions of either wealth, health or even community. Rather, it depends on the correlation between objective conditions and subjective [[Desire|expectation]]s.
>~[[Yuval Noah Harari]]
The more desires you have, the more miserable you become.
>Colors blind the eye
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
[[Desire]]s wither the heart. ~ [[Lao Tze]]
## [[Diverging from Epistemic consensus]] won't bring happiness?
>So perhaps happiness is synchronising one’s personal delusions of meaning with the prevailing collective delusions. As long as my personal narrative is in line with the narratives of the people around me, I can convince myself that my life is meaningful, and find happiness in that conviction.
>~ [[Yuval Noah Harari]]
>War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
~ [[George Orwell]]
You need to be aligned with the people around you.
Wearing a [[Thousand Masks|thousand masks]] is not a good long-term strategy.