We're an interesting lot, we western cultured human beings. We never seem to be content with our lot. In general there's a drive to strive for... well, something. Sometimes we can't even define it. One day we're happy with our lot, the next day the same picture suggests we're in a rut. There's not enough of something oneday, but the next it's too much. Feeling content seems to be a shifting nebulous wispy phantasma that we can't define or grasp... it's a shifting goal post... perhaps the easterner have it right then - just free yourself from the attachment to the goal posts all together and contentment will follow... well maybe... maybe easterners are just rationalising a lower standard of living???????? Or maybe they truly did utterly nail it... striving for innate contentment and happiness by realising their true nature, without any attatchment to ideas and possessions. Does that hint that contentment is really nothing but a state of mind? Is it nothing other than a fundamental philosophic view? If it is, then can a westerner in a market driven advertising saturated and consumption influenced society ever truly be content? If we were feeling content, would we plummet into despair if our prized possession was stolen? Does that last question suggest westerner contentment is really only a fragile construct that is only a probabilistic circumstantial chance away from being impacted upon? Perhaps that suggests that western contentment is really only a superficial idea grounded in the ability to take everything around oneself utterly forgranted? Does that mean ignorance truly is bliss? Is bliss contentment? :-k What the hell is contentment in this western civilisation and is it really achievable? Discuss.