What would you be willing to give up in order to live perfectly content for the rest of your life?
Like Andrew, I think contentment is vastly over rated.
I like at least 3 of Bhatta’s maxims – Ask questions, Be in the moment, Be a good neighbour.
The others I would all phrase somewhat differently.
I love the general sense of the G B Shaw quote “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
Content is defined as “Having one’s desires bounded by what one has”.
I don’t like the idea of having desires bounded by anything less than the space of the possible. So long as something exists as an achievable possibility (no matter how small the probability) then it is a valid desire.
No point in getting upset if it isn’t real yet – that only means more effort required on my part to bring possibility into reality, and I accept that the state of reality is a function of my creativity in conjunction with that of all others.
And I am definitely not “content” with a reality in which many people strongly bounded in the possibilities they experience because of the greed of others.
We have the technology to deliver abundance to all.
We are just trapped in an economic mindset that values scarcity higher than abundance – which delivers some really perverse outcomes.
The quicker more people become aware of this, the quicker it will change.
So no – contentment is a tool used by those in power to dominate those they subjugate – and in that sense I want no part of it.