Hostirad (hostirad) wrote,
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Desire, Pain, and Suffering

This week I wriote an essay that was inspired by the Buddhist insight that desire is the root of all suffering.

I was inspired to write this because my brother and some of his friends were having a discussion on this topic. Also, I thought the essay might come in handy some day for the course I teach on the psychology of well-being.

In a nutshell, I agree that (unfulfilled) desire is the root of all suffering, but rather than attempt to eliminate desire (an impossible task for most of us), I recommend a change of thinking to reduce unnecessary suffering.

The full text of the essay is available at:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/~j5j/papers/Desire-Pain-Suffering.html

(I originally posted this in atheism in response to this post.)
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