Someone asked a question this morning: why can’t we constantly experience the bliss of remembering (being with) God? My short answer is: because we’re human.
Every constant experience that humans have eventually gets turned down (reduced in volume) by the brain or the mind. Something called The Law of Diminishing Returns kicks off. In other words: we get bored. And we then want something different to happen.
I once read a book about happiness (push me and I’ll give you the title) that said that we can’t be happy all the time because the effect is produced by a chemical in the brain, and after a while the brain gets kind of immune to the chemical and so, over time, the effect (the happiness) diminishes. It’s a bit like taking heroin (so I’m told) – you need larger and larger doses to get the same ‘hit’.
So, yeah – the mind. Even the most engaging physical sensation loses its charm after a while. An orgasm that lasts forever (or more than a few minutes) becomes tiresome. A meal that starts off being delicious becomes torture as more and more is stuffed into an already full stomach. A soak in the tub becomes a wrinkly (insert your own word – I can’t think of one) after a while, even if you do keep topping up from the hot water tap.
The only thing that we constantly enjoy is variety. If one pleasant experience follows another and is then supplanted by yet another then we can be as happy as the length of our life allows. All we need to do is find a variety of enjoyable things to do.
I’m sure you can do your own search on the internet or in the local library or amongst your social network but here are a few suggestions of my own:
- Eat something different
- Sleep somewhere new
- Read some other genre
- Find another new friend
- Move to a different city
- Love several new …
And the list (mine and yours) goes on.
If you crave constant happiness then don’t be content with what you have. Move, change, break your old cups, throw out all thoughts of your ex-lovers, fly to exotic and erotic destinations etc. etc.
But a quiet word of caution: before, during and after all of this – don’t ever forget your God.