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Self Cherishing - is this the root of all our troubles?
We have a line in A.A. literature which goes:
Selfishness - self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.
And I'm sure I've read in some Buddhist book that 'Self cherishing is the root of all our troubles', which sounds pretty much like the same thing to me.
Now, I fully agree with this; I've actually investigated all my 'troubles' from my past through a 12 Step program; and yep, my self centredness led to selfishness which led to lots of trouble for me. It's very apparent that when I make my happiness more important than everyone else's that I end up miserable.
But do we ever suffer with problems that don't have their roots in self cherishing? I've read a few posts here over the years about people who suffer at the suffering of all sentient beings; is that self cherishing?