When reading the quote from Goethe’s The Sorrow of Young Werther about how things that make a man happy have now become the source of man’s misery, I find a few flaws in his deduction. I agree that there are some things humans do that cause bad things in the end but there are so many more things that make a man happy that will not ultimately lead to misery. I believe that there are things that seem good that end up being bad but that is only what you make them to be. People are never going to be satisfied with what they do forever. That is a just a fact of the world. But whether or not that causes them to be miserable is debatable.
For example, there are people in the world today that have been doing the same thing over and over again ever since God created the World (not really but hypothetically speaking, for a long time). If you were to go up and ask them how they felt about their life and job they could give you two answers. They could say they are so happy and love what they are doing, or they could say how much they hate what they are doing and want to just get out of it as soon as possible. It is my opinion that man is not miserable doing something that once made him happy unless he makes it to be that way. You have the power to create and destroy joy. So those people who have been working forever and can not wait to be done should can either get out of what they are doing or find a positive spin that makes it more enjoyable. And for those who still love what they do even if that have been at it for years are just proof that some good things do not have to come to an end in misery if you make everything you do a good thing.
Another example would be in sports. Specifically for me in volleyball. My coach is always asking when we start to play bad if we are burnt out. The answer should always be a no but there are those times where you just really do not want to be there anymore. Those are the times where the sport that you love seems to be causing so much misery. But the reality of it is, is that the sport itself is not causing you to feel this way. Consciously you are thinking that you do not want to do this anymore so you play worse. You do not play with your fullest ability which makes the times get worse and worse until you are truly miserable. But it is not the sport. You have to mentally tell yourself that you are not tired and remind yourself why you play what you play. That will make everything seem better then it was before and you will do better.
In general, the thought of all of the things that make a man happy will eventually lead to their misery is false. Sure it can happen but in most situations you can pull out of the misery and not even let it get to that point.