KOUFUKURON - Eudaemonics
"A Theory of Happiness"
What was tormenting me? This is the story of my depression escape, in which I arrived at my view of impermanence by taking a step back and quietly reexamining the causes of my difficulty in living in Japanese society. Japanese society has a high suicide rate, with many overworked and exhausted people and single-person households. In recent years, laws regarding mental health have finally been established, but still many people are screaming in pain. While some people desire their own happiness and are in the midst of it, others only feel the emptiness of the word "happiness. Others suffer from painful emotions such as loneliness, lack of love, loss, alienation, depression, and jealousy. When we are trapped in endless, barren emotions, our vision becomes narrowed. Without realizing it, they choke on themselves, always lamenting about their unhappiness, pushing people away, and letting the feeling of wanting to die to take over their minds. However, the world is a "representation" of what we see, and depending on what perspective and will we have, we can see the world differently. In order to make this possible, I take a social-psychological approach to the events I see in my photographs, and find the relationship between them and society. The idea is to have a social point of view rather than a first-person perspective. This means recognizing diversity, allowing people to be as they are, and feeling that everything in the world is fragile and beautiful. I believe that this “Acceptance of Impermanence” and a conscious shift in perspective to the Japanese aesthetic of “MONO-NO-AWARE“ is the path to human happiness.