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The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.
― Carlos Castaneda
“To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.' Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, through actualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete.
Viktor E. Frankl
just begin.....or......just continue
This seems like Sunyata teaching. Emptiness of absolute individual identity. A teaching whose understanding is an extraordinary attainment of extreme difficulty and isn't easily answered online as a how-to. When Bankei advised "Don't get born" he warned about believing our egoic story about our illusory identity. And of course, identifying, quantifying, qualifying, intuiting, judging and assessing, among others are all necessary mind/brain functions that persist after enlightenment.......
The planet would have been better off without religion from the get-go. Religion's sucking tentacles have long manipulated medicine, war, politics, technology, racism and misogyny in a punitive and patriarchal lust for power, not to mention warping puny little human hearts and minds. I'm a big old loudmouth, swearing atheist and "whattya know", Buddhism, whether you call it a pyschology, philosophy or just a lot of sitting and nothing and chopping and carrying - is just alright with me, oh yeah!