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Interesting but contradictory I think
on 28 October 2014
I just finished reading this book. It's an interesting outlook but contradictory, which might mean I misunderstood the definition of what peace is ( or is not ).
To pursue gratification, to obtain ecstacy is human nature, it's a fundemental part of our evolution. I agree with the book that we do over conceptualize our perceived reality, but I feel like it's trying to deconstruct a fundamental fabric of our perceived reality. In other words if we were to come to a realization that 'this' is peace, wouldn't that mean we would no longer try to improve ourselves or our situation. And yes you can argue that 'improving' oneself is an arbitrary measurement, but then by that definition we might as well not exist.
So in my opinion by existing we are adhering to this self made scale representing better version/s of ourselves that we want to obtain, be it in state of mind (being cheery) or something more tangible (family, financial). And without it we would cease to exist, we would wander aimlessly till we die. The writer wouldn't have written this book, because he wouldn't be driven. He wrote this book in pursuit of gratification, he asks for reviews in pursuit of acknowledgment.
I guess my opinion is that we are inherently always pursuing our own personal definition of peace and happiness and it is absolutely essential to our existence. I understand that sometimes it's more difficult if not impossible, but that's life. But just because a sensation or a state of mind can't be achieved permanently, it doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing, since that journey is a major part of our existence.