by Lael Ewy
A three-legged dog can be perfectly happy with a juicy bone and a friendly hand to pet him. But a human being can be perfectly miserable in the midst of absolute luxury. The same ability to continually reflect on what's wrong, to compare in our minds our current situation to an imagined ideal, is also the key to our success as a species: the ability to imagine into being technology and art, to ponder great ideas and see them out.
We are fated to be simultaneously brilliant and unhappy, at once astoundingly successful and stultifyingly dissatisfied.