Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Beyond good and bad

"For instance, if you define yourself as bad, there’s no way you can help yourself out of the predicament of your suffering. You would need outside help to overcome your inherent badness. If, to avoid that problem, you choose to define yourself as inherently good, you also run into a problem: If you’re inherently good, how did that goodness allow you to succumb to pressures to behave in unskillful ways leading to suffering? And if inherent goodness is something that can be lost, what’s to prevent you from losing it again after you’ve reclaimed it?

"So a necessary skill in the path to true happiness is learning step-by-step how to think in a way that avoids the categories of objectification."

-- Tahn Geoff on Papanca

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