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I was wondering, is it right for buddhism to focus so much on suffering? Yes, we all encounter illness, old age and death, but before then we have a good seventy years of health and well functioning bodies. It seems premature to spend so much time in that period on difficulties which present themselves later, when we could be just celebrating life.
It seems like dispassion and cessation, nirvana’s blowing out of the candle flame, is a very drastic solution to something that many may not consider to be a problem. If you are a bit careful about how you deal with attachment and craving, happiness seems eminently possible.