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Anything that has a price-tag — that can be bought and sold — isn’t something that’s going to stay with you. Things break, they get ruined, they are lost. Placing any amount of happiness in inanimate objects is setting yourself up for the chance to lose those things, and in return, to lose happiness.
The only things that will stay with you are feelings, memories and good times. No amount of money or objects will shelter you.
You can pay for fancy homes and fancy cars, but they’ll never keep you safe or help you weather the emotional storms of life. Because things are just things; they never last.
Which the happiness attached to them about as temporary as a momentary high. The more you collect, however, the higher your tolerance becomes, and like an addict, eventually you will have bought everything and feel nothing.
Happiness is a state of being. It’s never going to be something that you can trade, barter or consume. It’s a conscious realization that no amount of things will make you happy. It’s learning that the absence of them is where happiness lies.
You actually can compare infinities even though they are limitless! In the 19th century, Georg Cantor proved that some infinite sets are bigger than others (the infinite set of natural numbers, for instance, is smaller than the infinite set of real numbers. (Minutephysics explains it really well in this video.)
So Van Houten is correct when he tells Hazel that some infinities are larger than others, but Hazel is wrong when she extrapolates this to mean that the set of numbers between 0 and 1 is smaller than the set of numbers between 0 and 2. (In fact, those sets are the same size, as explained in this great video about The Infinite Hotel Paradox.)
So the statement that “some infinities are bigger than other infinities” is literally true, but yes I also intended to mean something figuratively. (I take a lot of solace in knowing that in a universe defined by boundaries—a universe in which everything is temporary and everything will end—we are able to fathom boundlessness, and in fact to know so much about it.)