This picture from the recent tsunami in Japan really got to me:
We rest our well-being on so many (false) assumptions:
that the earth beneath our feet is to be trusted
that our house will shelter us always
that we can stay warm in the midst of the winter cold
that we can eat as much as we need
that we can drink to quench our thirst
that our loved ones will be around for a while
that we will be around for a while
that we can visit the ATM whenever we want
that we are safe from destruction
Upon these, rests our relative happiness.
You and I are on shaky ground, literally, and figuratively. A most uncomfortable place, and the source of much suffering. And why we need to keep on practicing to free ourselves from the prison of conditioned happiness.