“Contentment is natural wealth” (Socrates)
In Hermann Hesse’s novel, Steppenwolf, the main character, Harry Haller is an intellectual loner who states near the beginning of the book, “I always hated contentment.” The book is a journey through Haller’s inability to truly be content or joyful. Hesse’s conclusion seems to be that we must use humor, drugs, and sex to find meaning and joy in life.
Is that true? Is that reality? Is contentment even a good life goal or does it lead to complacency? Is discontentment what leads to improvement?
There will always be more out there – more experiences to have, more items to consume, more people to meet, more ladders to come. What leads people to be content and joyful?
So this week we’ll explore the nature of contentment. Is it possible and, if so, how do we get there?
If you’d like to be a part of that discussion, join us tomorrow night at Gray’s Theology. Commenting here is reserved for those who have attended there.