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“All things in the world fall under the characteristics of instability, unsatisfactoriness and being without a permanent ego or soul.”
— Ajahn Chah
Although I have a lot of respect for Ajahn Chah, I do wonder about this statement. Is it really so that the whole world is full of unsatisfactoriness? He is a Thai Forest Ajahn, a renunciate in a fairly strict tradition, and you have to take that into account when weighing up what he says.
Personally I am more inclined to divide the world up into pleasant, unpleasant and neither pleasant-nor-unpleasant phenomena. We tend to seek out the pleasant — we fill our mornings with cups of coffee and a little news — and we tolerate the mildly unpleasant — we might go for a run or do an exercise routine, and go to work.
What do you all think? Would you agree to see the world as unsatisfactory, or is it a mixture, or something else?