It is important to place some faith in the latest report with evidence that, "in measuring human satisfaction, which should be surely what we all should be aspiring to in this world, until we eventually give up the ghost and die, that to ask ourselves what is it that gives us a satisfying life?" This is supposedly better achieved from places rather than things.
Does that explain the fixation of our citizenry in going to places like Kataragama as a place of pilgrimage to pay homage, so that in that place they get a level of contentment from the surroundings, or doing the obligatory religious observances there. I don’t know the answer, but it sure seems that they get more fulfillment from that than from other material items in their possession. Of course I then presume that different people have a particular place that gives them this desire or contentment.
It is important to understand human feelings, needs, aspirations, and mood that one is in and how does one get a better sense of worth, of contentment and of fulfillment?
This report seems to place importance on places, that possibly give you happiness and therefore it is rational that we all gravitate to places where this is optimal to us within the constraints of our lives. If we are not wealthy enough to go overseas, we may get more satisfaction from visiting a place in our own country and relaxing there if we find that place relaxing, soothing or whatever feeling we are after. In short the feel good factor
This finding proves a point and further reinforces even the Buddhist philosophy that material possessions don’t necessarily give us what we are looking for, instead the location we find ourselves in may be just as if not more important than the things we possess.
I am still unsure that when they say places, if we are truly happy in a place, a location or even the home we are living in, then one could argue that nothing else will give you as much pleasure, so we don’t have to pursue this dream of pleasure when in reality we already have it where we are.
Just think about it. It means that once we find a place we are truly contented in, then we are able to forego some other material items which pale in need, and want, in favor of the location we find ourselves in. It sure is a philosophical question and answer session, that should focus us to achieve our personal desires that may not require a huge investment of money.
Merely the art of managing on what we currently have to suit the moment, especially if we have no guarantee that our locational experience that gives our happiness, is in fact not permanent and only fleeting! This is further evidence of the importance of choice to make us feel good.