Happiness Seeking Sickness

 Joy, not happiness. Happiness is a delusion of this world, a sickness of man’s soul. To anticipate happiness in the next life is to expect to be in the condition we call “hell,” not heaven. The Church as a spiritual hospital has first and foremost to heal us of the happiness seeking sickness of mankind which holds us in bondage to a delusion and prevents us from coming to a knowledge of Truth.
—Protopresbyter John Romanides

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  1. Fr. Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory used to say something similar: he would contrast true “joy” with the “fun” the we so desperately pursue, as a diversion and delusion, but which leaves us empty and unsatisfied.

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