A friend wrote to me a mail with a rather prfound question. It was after a career-counselling session at IITK. Her HOD talked of two kinds of success:
Success A : Big bucks, cars, moneys, houses etc etc
Success B: Research, Papers, Fame, Academic Rekknown – this is what ‘good students’ must strive for!
And then she wrote – “‘happiness’ got left out – inadvertently, i’m guessing….”
It got me thinking – and this was the outcome:
Happiness – Well, the pessimists will say it does not exist. Philosophers would say that it always exists in something you do not have! Personally, I am ‘happy’ about at least one fact – that we belong to the class of people who have the luxury of being in a position to think of happiness beyond defined standards of ’success’. It is indeed a pity that most of us still do not think about it. Its left out of career counselling sessions – my guess is because they can’t do better – there are no standards here and only counselling/advice one can get here is my universal (useless) advice – one has to decide for oneself🙂
Not as profound possibly, but whatever!