We once emphasized the pursuit of wealth; or success; or the accumulation of skills... But what are all of these things but different means to the same end? We pursue wealth, for instance, with the idea that money will buy us extra freedom, which in turn will buy us happiness. But of course, we all have heard stories of unhappy wealthy people so there might not be a correlation there. Then why not just cut out the middle men? Why not pursue happiness first and foremost?