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January 31, 2011

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Eugene

what you describe as "suffering elimination" dismissively is more correctly categorized as "pain elimination." we've been conditioned to want to skate through life pain-free. we've been conditioned to want to avoid pain at all costs, including living life with the passion it demands, in order to avoid the risk of pain that that passion engenders. we've been conditioned to believe that pain can be eliminated with sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, or by conquering nature in order to create conditions of comfort in which pain can be avoided. it can't. pain is a natural part of Nature as physical being. courage comes from embracing this and not avoiding pain, but transcending it. that's how suffering is eliminated. transcendence is spiritual triumph over the physical condition of pain. suffering is simply giving in to it out of fear or weakness or ignorance. these distinctions between "pain" and "suffering," i believe, are important to understand and accept, in order to truly be able to eliminate suffering, because it is NOT a ubiquitous immutability that cannot be eliminated.

Eugene

suffering in silence, of the acceptance, not a friend, nor a foe, as you came, will you go..

and we left sitting.. older, wiser, empty yet full..

to think again, where to go?

Open Thread

Dear Eugene, I enjoy all the insightful and enthusiastic comments that you've been sharing recently on Intent. Your comment here, while very accurate, seems to stem from a mis-reading of the post. I went back and re-read it multiple times, and I don't see the 'dismissive' reference to elimination of suffering. Sure, she describes suffering as universal, and 'everywhere', and that it 'just is'. I, however, read it to mean that in our current conditioned state, practically all humans 'do' suffering, almost all the time, without implying it is 'immutable' or cannot be eliminated. If anything, I'd say accepting that I'm suffering in response to pain is the first step to changing my experience of the pain.

Taz: thanks for the beautifully honest and transformational post. Acceptance is indeed the way to change everything (in our experience of the world) without changing anything (in the world).

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