Monday, September 21, 2020

Comments by BruceMG

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  • Right, Buddhism does not conclude that life is suffering, but it begins its investigation into the problem of life by positing that everything is suffering. Is Buddhism a pessimistic philosophy? Not at all, it maintains that suffering can be transcended and life can be celebrated amidst the sorrow. But the modern psychiatric doctrine that if you are not happy, that is some sort of “disorder” seems to me just specious. Why is everything a disorder? Let us celebrate our limitations without feeling guilty that we are somehow “wrong” for being sad or depressed.

  • I greatly enjoyed your article discussing the topic of depression and sadness, etc. It raises the issue of just how much the usual life is just suffering…do those without “mental illness” actually enjoy life any more than the depressives, the bi-polars and so on; is life suppossed to be enjoyable, can one really be happy when we are going to die; can we actually be blithe and carefree when we are in mortal fear…what kind of life is this when we are constantly under the threat of nuclear war, terrorism, every present crime, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and people who are just plain rude and mean. Perhaps depression is the appropriate response to this topsy-turvey world we live in where, as Alice In Wonderland would remark, “It gets curiouser and curiouser.”
    Some philosphies (like Buddhism) conclude that all of life is suffering: life is essentially disatisfactory because it is transitory and doesn’t last. So, get used to it, accept the limitations of the material world and prepare for death.
    So, what to do? I have found that perhaps one should, without being licentious and immoral, one should enjoy the present moment (the eternal moment) transcend the limitations of material existence and investigate the great thinkers and artists and masters and what they have given us through the centuries and learn the lesson that “To everything there is a season and purpose under heaven; a time for war, a time for peace.” In my darkest hours I have been buoyed by the great music, art and philosphies of the East and West. There are answers and there are treasures left by those who have gone before us and who have traveled similar paths as ourselves. Seek and ye shall find. We are not alone and we are guided and protected by the Divine wisdom and Love.