Gratification is pulling us away from the art of peace.
It is time that we let go of the immediate, yet fictional gratification that comes with external success. It doesn’t matter how you measure that success, with a big house, a fast car, a fancy job title or a new pair of boobs. This is not what will get you to peace. This is not where you will feel at ease, balancing your inside world and the external world. Heaven, bliss, Eudaimonia, starts exactly where you are standing right now, omitting all that is around. This is the place from which we must study philosophy and train to apply that wisdom, every moment of the day, until the end of our lives on earth.