Happiness is an Uncertainty or The Futility of Mandating Positivity

Happiness is not a deterministic state.

Finding happiness is like finding the position of a particle in a wave function.

Perhaps this description will be more … palatable:

In quantum mechanics, the absolute position of a particle cannot be known unless measured.

Although quantum mechanics is often concerned with where a particle is, we are much more certain where a particle isn’t.

Hundreds of years before quantum mechanics, this same realization was made by the authors of the American Declaration of Independence.

In summary:

  • No quantity, quality, environment, law, requirement, or any other objective measure can guarantee happiness. In fact, any such claims are by definition unachievable and should be considered suspect.
  • Not everyone will achieve “happiness”, and, like a quantum eigenstate, it is temporary. Once observed it continues on to a new indeterminate location. Success of the “pursuit” is not assured or can be made permanent by anyone or anything ever.
  • One can only encourage a positive outcome by fostering an enabling environment. Excessive restrictions and overbearing requirements impede the “pursuit”, but the absence of any support or guidance minimizes the odds of finding happiness as well.

My takeaways:

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