HAPPINESS: Why Butterflies Fly And Humans Drive

viagra 60mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Museveni arrived at Entebbe Airport at around 6pm on Sunday.

The conference that tackled a number of topics related to the causes of insecurity on the African continent was also addressed by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi, the President of Somalia Sheikh Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti.

Others included former South African President Thambo Mbeki and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo who chaired the conference.

The President was seen off in Ethiopia by the Amhara Regional President Lew Gobeze, State Minister for Water, Ms. Betty Bigombe, the Mayor of Bahar Bar City Machew Wenduw Agang, the President of Bahnbas University, Dr. Bayle Damte and Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Mull Katende.

viagra dosage geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Just like any adolescent, I always treasured a complex life until I got my first job. My job excitement influenced me to buy the most expensive shoes I could afford.

As I received compliments from colleagues, my boss cautioned: “simplicity shows the magnanimity of the soul.”

I later would never forget these words as life threw punches at me. My boss was the richest educationist yet the simplest teacher ever in Uganda. This was the awakening of my simplicity consciousness.


Last night, a friend told me a story of a young American who visited one of the rural village fishing sites in Africa.

He was astonished by the lifestyle of the fishing community. The Africans used sticks and strings tied to a hook to fish.

Most of them used local boats that could barely move deeper into the lake while others remained on the shores of the lake.

They spent the whole day fishing and holding conversations by the lake side. In the evening, they enjoyed the walk back home to prepare their meal.

The young American got inspired to help. He asked his parents for money to set up a fish factory.

He bought motorboats, refrigerators and sophisticated fishing tools worth millions of shillings. He anticipated that he would sell the fish and save the Africans from wasting more time.

Unfortunately, the project failed to take off after completion. The American then consulted the village elders, why the fishing community had turned down the project.

An elder told him: “Welcome to the roots of wisdom.” It’s all about the simplicity of our life style. Your project will make our lifestyle complex. The elder continued: “Your project will make the fish extinct for our grandchildren. We don’t know how to operate the machines you have brought but even if we learnt, the fish would cost us much more than we have always paid.”

The young American responded: “But I will save you a lot of time to do other things and you will have enough fish to eat whenever you need it.”

In response, another elder said: “Look, my son, the time our children spend at the fishing sites is for dating, that’s how they identify partners. Besides, we don’t practice agriculture here. If our children get more time to do nothing, they will use it to do wrong things.”


So what is the moral lesson from the story of the young American? As human beings we make life so complicated. Yet, simplicity is the essence of happiness.

While humans can walk, they invented vehicles unlike Butterflies that remained simple and natural. Butterflies continue to remain natural by flying to different locations while humans are planning to put man in the space.

Am I against innovation? No, I am just campaigning for living a simple and natural life if we want to be happy.

Secondly, in life, less can be more. The Africans will not harvest more fish so that it can procreate and have more for their grandchildren. Their simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Happiness is attained from the simple things in life like being able to plan and prepare for their grandchildren.

Just like reading a good book or visiting a museum; these are the simple things that bring us happiness.

In the wisdom of our African elders, it’s the simple things like communal fishing and walking back home that youths identify partners. We don’t have to make life so complex to be happy.

This is why I agree with Laura Ingalis Wilder who said: “I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.”

Let’s learn from Butterflies and remain natural and simple so that we can regain our happiness in life.

The author is a motivational speaker on Happiness based in San Diego, USA.



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