This blog is a transcript from a recent podcast between Joe Rogan and Naval. I highly recommend you watch it here.
A lot of people struggle throughout their life in the pursuit of making money, they make some and are exhausted, and then think ‘why am I not happy? I must just be an unhappy person.’
Then they justify it by telling themselves that smart people are unhappy people.
This is a great comfort blanket for smart people and allows them to feel okay with being unhappy.
This thought comes from the fact that smart people tend to have a busy mind, which robs you of peace of mind.
However, if you are smart, you should be able to figure out how to be happy.
If you look at all the crazy things we do in the pursuit of happiness, whether it be through trying to get laid, have an orgasm, escape through drugs, have a psychedelic experience, extreme sports etc, you are trying to get your monkey mind to stop chattering away at you.
The peace that humans seek isn’t peace OF mind it is peace FROM mind.
This is an unhealthy way to go about it, because it is impossible.