We always want what we donít have
Human beings are eternally dissatisfied. We go through life striving for great things, working hard for them and finally achieving them. But even when we already accomplish them, we aren\'t happy. Whatever it is it seems like it will never be enough. We have what we thought wanted but still it isn\'t enough. In this essay I\'m going to use different sources from different authors to prove the argument that "Americans are never satisfied".
In this introduction of my argument I\'m going to be using two documents: The Declaration of Independence and Aristotle\'s Nicomachean Ethics. The opening paragraph of The Declaration of Independence states that "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unaliable Rights: that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Americans are in a constant pursuit of happiness because thatís one of the basic right to being an American. Happiness can be represented in many different ways, depending on the person and the situation. In Aristotle\'s Ethics says "They differ however, from one another-and often even the same man identifies it with different things, with health when he is ill, with weatlh when he is poor." In this statement a same man\'s definition of happiness varies with the situation, when he was sick he identified happiness with health. But then when he was poor, he wanted money to buy the things he can\'t have. There is an example of another situation in Aristotle\'s Ethics : "To judge from the lives that men lead, most men seem to identify the good or happiness with pleasure; which is the reason why they love the life of enjoyment." In this quote happiness is identified as pleasure, amusement, enjoyment. Which brings us back to my affirmation that happiness changes according to ones situation.
My next source is a cartoon by Jim Sizemore of The New Yorker. Itís the drawing of a couple with a dissatisfied look on their faces. They are together in bed in a room full of furniture, gizmos, gadgets... The walls are also filled with frames and clocks. All of the items in the room is expensive looking, even the bed itself its extravagant. At the bottom of the drawing there\'s a caption that says: "Somethings missing". The phrase is in quotation marks which indicates that itís a thought coming from the couple. Happiness is often thought to be achieved through material things because thatís what society has made out of it. The more you have, means the wealthier you are or look, the wealthier you look, the higher is the respect given to you. This wealthy couple is an example of how even after they own multiple material things they still feel incomplete, and its obvious that what they thought the wanted to be happy, wasnít their happiness after all.
In conclusion Americans are never satisfied because in other words satisfaction its happiness its comfort and its their given right to pursue happiness just by being an American but itís the meaning of happiness that causes this dissatisfaction, because there is no physical representation of it. Society has made us think that happiness can be bought or that is some kind of door that you open, and for some might be but its not the same for everyone. Happiness is what you make it, and what you want it to be.