“Discontent is the root of prosperity.”
So said Duryodhana to his father Dhritarashtra in order to convince him to invite the Pandavas for a game of Dice–which ultimately led to the great war.
This statement made thousands of year ago is still relevant for today’s society is more discontent than it ever was. But the prosperity that we achieve will still be materialistic…temporary…a discontent person is never satisfied with what he has.
My current gmail status message is:
“Encumbered forever by desire and ambition, there’s a hunger still unsatisfied.”
This message attracted at least two responses which cited me as a greedy person. I wouldn’t deny that, but then that’s not the point of having it there. The line is actually from one of my favorite songs by Pink Floyd titled High Hopes from the album Division Bell. In my opinion the song talks about how we are unsatisfied with what we have and the grass is always greener on the other side…how we grow old trying to achieve what we desire and in the process fail to appreciate what we have
Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we’ve been so many time
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river
Here’s the video:
It’s a strange feeling. Trying not to be dissatisfied with what you have…yet wanting more…lest we might remain idle and achieve nothing that matters most in today’s world.