posted on Dec, 13 2012 @ 12:19 PM
reply to post by Toadmund
You just said the key to happiness is to not have a self.
It's the buddhist philosophy.
The problem I see is that so long as we're alive we have a self.
Sure, I'll give it to you that there's a measure of self. So I might come up 0.3 between 0 and 1. Or I might score a hefty .88. It all depends on what
we define as "self". The way I see it, every action we make is a reflection of the self. We can try to run away from it, but the absolute difference
between the smallest measure of self and the highest measure is very small.
I do believe that greed is a fundamental trait of self. Greed is natural, basically. This is as opposed to many religious thinkers who believe that
greed is voluntary and subject to free will. Of course, not everybody agrees that free will even exists. There're so many thoughts out there
pertaining to it.
Am I greedy for wanting enough food to sustain my body? Am I greedy if I eat too much because of a gene in my genetics and a bad experience in my past
that causes addiction? Blah blah. I could go on and on, but I know it's pointless since there're as many opinions as there're grains of sand.
I don't blame anybody in the world. I blame the creator, if there's one. But it may turn out that the creator is a lot like us. So maybe I'll end up
not being able to blame anything. The only logical choice is if I come to the conclusion this life is evil and corrupt and un-fixable, I'll just kill
myself. Otherwise, it's a lot of smoke. It's much ado about nothing. You live or you die. Make a decision.
I don't hold it against anyone if they take their life. I consider that a right of the person. But at the same time, if they believe this life is evil
and un-fixable and they remain here, well, shut up!
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