If there is a God (as I believe) and He wants anything for us (as I also believe) it is definitely NOT for us to be *happy* but rather for us to be *strong*. The incontrovertible evidence of life and existence bears this out.
In truth, “happy” people are basically useless. “Strong” people are not. They can help others and in so doing they may occasionally enjoy brief moments of true happiness as a pleasant side-effect. But this is never guaranteed.
In this plane, “happiness” is always brief, ephemeral and unpredictable. Few people can ever “live” there for any length of time. Strength takes constant struggle, pain and hardship – exactly how many would describe their lives.
People may ask, “How could a loving God allow this to happen to me?” Perhaps what some people should pause to consider is if God truly loves you, how could He *not*?
and bright seamless souls.
And a longing (as for sin)
sometimes haunts their dreams.
They are almost all alike;
in God's gardens they keep still,
like many, many intervals
in his might and melody.
Only when they spread their wings
are they wakers of a wind:
as if God with his broad sculptor-
hands leafed through the pages
in the dark book of the beginning.