Life is Suffering

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

 – Yoda

In my younger days, never would I even begin to imagine questioning the wisdom of Yoda, but time has a habit of leading us places we never before imagined. ¬†I don’t necessarily disagree with the above statement, but I have come to know that things are not as simple as it would make things seem. ¬†Implied in the above bit of Yoda wisdom may be the idea that the these feelings are tied together in a domino-like chain reaction that is the path to suffering. ¬†The danger in this is that some might view this to mean that the road to suffering being with hate. ¬†But what they fail to realize is that there is more than one road that leads to suffering town. ¬†Yoda so wisely asserted that “hate leads to suffering”, but what he neglected to mention was that so does love.

The buddhist view that desire is the cause of suffering accounts for both of these roads.  Hate and love.  It is when we want things, when we have desires that go unfulfilled, or expectations that are not met that we suffer.  We suffer because we care.  There are things that are important to us.  These things cause us pain.  To let go of suffering, one must stop caring.

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