When we avoid suffering.
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This post is the twenty-seventh in a series reflecting on the meaning of life and the importance of this question. These posts should be read in the order they are published as, starting at the 6th for example, dear reader, will mean the whole thing makes no sense. Happy reading!
We can see therefore by these definitions that discomfort, defined as ‘an unpleasant and useless characteristic of a state in which one can find oneself’, applies perfectly to this situation. At this point, I’ll just draw your attention to the words ‘unpleasant’ and ‘useless’. These two words could just as easily define something completely harmless and, if the opposite is then something which is useful or pleasant, then this cannot be defined as suffering but rather, simply the absence of well-being. On the other hand these same sets of definitions could denote a completely neutral situation.
I would point out that I have wondered if technologically advanced societies, in which those for whom this technology eases a large proportion of suffering- and even promotes a good amount of bodily and mental comfort- would not be subject to a greater sense of loss should these added extras ever be taken away.
And of course, I have something really interesting on this subject to share with you in the next post! What I have found really effectively demonstrates the correlation between technology, society and happiness- but you will have to wait until next time to find out what it is 😁
To be continued…
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Translation by Heidi Dewhirst: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidi-virginia-dewhirst-142983a4/
Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by Coach Danny