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“Buddhists say that life sucks — we just don’t realize it. How patronizing is that? And how absurd? …
January 25th, 2013
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"Buddhists say that life sucks — we just don’t realize it. How patronizing is that? And how absurd? After all, how would we know how miserable we were if things were never good?"

Buddhism actually says attachment, or clinging, is the source of suffering. And why do we cling? Because some things are pleasurable and we want to perpetuate the pleasure!
We delude ourselves in thinking such a perpetuation 'forever' is possible "under the right circumstances" (this delusion is called 'ignorance', and is at the base of greed and aversion). Due to such belief, we unsatisfactorily chase this "permanent source of true, pure happiness", only to realise time and again that any 'good' candidate turns out not to offer permanent satisfaction… After a few —or many— iterations, we finally start understanding impermanence, insubstantiality and dissatisfaction… and we start cultivating another mindset.

Summarising Buddhism to the (badly digested) first of the four Noble Truths is evidence of naïve stereotypes and ignorance. And, yes, "life sucks" is absurd… but guess what? This is not what Buddhism says! "Life is pleasurable and ordinary minds can't get enough of it" hardly sounds like "life sucks," does it?!
If one really wants a one-sentence summary of Buddhism (despite such an attitude is lazy rather than constructive), it would more likely be "ignorance sucks"!


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