The dangerous doctrine that pleasure being meaningless is the problem not suffering being meaningless

Suffering is meaningless. Things that happen around it may be good but it is wrong to conclude from them that the suffering has meaning.

Some say the meaninglessness of pleasure or the realisation that it is losing meaning is the problem not the meaninglessness of suffering. If so then the person who has the mansion, the money, the sex partners, the glory, the health, the doctors all the good things is the one to watch out for. That is the person you would most expect to commit suicide. That is the person who will be bored of you and value nobody. What about the person who has spiritual pleasure? The same thing will happen. People have starved themselves to death in ascetic practices and ended up depressed because they had a spiritual experience and were never able to have it again despite trying to find it again.


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