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Hello all,

I'm struggling to remember exactly where I read this. I'm quite sure it's Alan Watts, but it might have been him quoting something else. Did he ever speak about every word in every book ever written is one long book. "The book of life" or something like that. So Middlemarch, 100 Years of Solitude, Beloved, etc etc are all just chapters.

Sorry, this is all very vague but its all I can remember. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

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According to Alan Watts, trying to improve oneselfis like trying to pull yourself up by your bootstraps; it cant be done.

Then how are we supposed to improve ourselves?

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I've always been the type of individual to think outside of the box, so when someone gives me a statement of any sort I always look into it further. The goal of this post is to discover a way to experience only joy and not experience pain, which is considered by many to be "impossible." If we cannot "eliminate" suffering1 (as attempting to do so will always cause compounding suffering1外围体育投注), we must think outside of the box to "escape" from it instead. Grab the popcorn, here we go:


  1. The root of all suffering is desire, meaning you don't have everything you want.

  2. The opposite of suffering1外围体育投注 is joy, which means to have exactly everything you want.

  3. To desire1 joy2 is to suffer1.

  4. To desire1 not to desire1 is also suffering1, because you "desire1" to get rid of your desire1.

  5. 外围体育投注Remember, .

  6. Building off of 5, if you are currently suffering1, this means that you currently desire1 to suffer1.

  7. If you are suffering1 and you want to be suffering1, you have what you want5.

  8. And finally, if you have what you want5 you win2!


外围体育投注Congratulations. You've been Enlightened this whole time and have been pretending not to be, and you've done such a great job acting that you've fooled even yourself! The only way I can think of to secure this experience and otherwise make it permanent is to be willing to experience pain. Pain tends to occur less frequently the more you lower your guard against it. I've found it quite fascinating that if I'm willing to experience pain and do not desire to escape from it, I suddenly notice it's nowhere to be found.

Tl;dr - Understanding and tolerating suffering is a key factor in increasing joy.

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