On Sunday, I went to downtown Bend with my friend Cedar. After we went to the coffee shop and the candy store, we went down by the river and talked for a while. Before too long, though, some movement in the water caught our attention.

It was a river otter, joyfully diving for crayfish.

As we watched him crunching the small water creatures, bliss written upon his entire small being, one thing became clear.

I am never going to be as happy as that river otter was in that moment. Neither are you.

A sad symptom of humanity is our inability to find joy in the moment. Because we are intelligent, analytically inclined beings (well, some humans anyway,) we are always looking forward to a better moment, even if a better moment will never come.

I don't think I'll ever be as happy as this drawing of an otter.

We are forever discontent, assuming there must be something better.

And that, my friends, is a tragedy.

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