Happiness and Its Discontents

‘…[T]here is something quite hollow about the ideal of a happy, balanced life—a life unruffled by anxiety… [U]nderneath our quest for vibrant health lurks a tragic kind of discreet death: the demise of everything that is eccentric and messy about human life. Our society sells us the quick fix: If you get a cold, take some decongestants; if you get depressed, take some antidepressants; and if you get anxious, take those tranquilizers. But what are we supposed to take when we lose our character?’ — Mari Ruti, professor of critical theory at the University of Toronto (The Chronicle of Higher Education).