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The Nature of Suffering

And the Key to Happiness

In the modern world of today, billions of people are fearing coronavirus and many governments are acting to politicise the fear as much as acting to contain and hopefully exterminate the virus.

The nature of suffering is twofold:

1. The physical; as in suffering caused by physical incapacity, the common cold, coronavirus and accidental injuries that compromise our physical ability to act in the world. A great amount of effort is put into alleviating these physical sufferings by the use of various treatments within the realms of allopathic medicine.

While chemical medicine and surgical interventions take care of some of the physical aspects of human existence, these do little to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty, malnutrition, social injustice, political oppression and the rights of the rich over the rights over the poor and the continuing dispossession of the poor.

2. Mental suffering is a far greater problem because it is a suffering induced by the imagination of every individual and inflicts not only individuals themselves but more tragically others as well.

Buddha taught that the primary source of suffering was ignorance and this writer must concur. Because we do not know the nature and extent of our universe, we have no knowledge of our place or purpose in space and time, but many believe they know and continually propagate false beliefs. One false belief being propagated is that belief in a particular god provides immunity from coronavirus and the greater tragedy is that people are fearful and ignorant enough to cling to such beliefs.

Humanity is like a bowl of Goldfish swimming around and trying to arrange existence based on limited perception. Therefore we need to expand our perception, to see beyond the confines of our planet, solar system and begin to explore the nature of our galaxy in relation to all others. Some of us have been doing this for countless millennia, our ancestors long ago began tracking the movement of the seasons, of the moon and other observable phenomenon and the continuation of this work is vital for our long-term well-being.

Yet the biggest problem most of us have is that we confine ourselves within limited belief systems. It's not long ago that in some parts of the world, people believed the Earth was flat while in other parts of the world centring on India, people knew a greater truth. The eminent scientists of the time described the universe in a similar manner as Doctor John Hagelin in the above video but this understanding is difficult so it's much easier to see life as being a gift so in turn one gets back to life to maintain a perpetual energy cycle that benefits both human existence and our planetary environment.

Outcomes and adaptations:

We may not see the universe as a flow of energy and give the utmost of our attention and effort to the physical reality and adapter within our social, religious and political creations. By doing so we become trapped within the quagmire of samsara or the reactionary karma caused by the generations who have gone before. At an individual level life is a spiritual desert.

Conversely, one who accepts life as a gift and devotes themselves to gifting in return is fuelled by the very source of creation giving rise to inner peace and contentment, a lasting sense of happiness and joy that is only marred by the ignorance and suffering perpetuated by those blind to the spirit within.

The Key to Happiness is in accepting that we don't have all the answers, we don't know so many things but we do know that religions and governments are man-made, acting kindly, expressing gratitude and being generous in the world placates the soul and infects others to make the world a happier place.

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