914

31 May

Yesterday, I talked about Thales and his viewpoint on the world. Elsewhere in the world, another new viewpoint was coming up and influencing people. This one was much more successful than Thales work. In fact, this up and coming view is still practiced today. This time period (6th Century BC) would be the beginning of Buddhism. Buddhism was started by a Nepalese prince by the name of Siddhārtha Gautama. He was never allowed to leave the royal palace and when he was finally allowed to, he saw something Buddhists refer to as the Four Sights. The sheltered young man first saw an old man, confronting him with the reality of age. He then saw a sick man. The third sight was a dead man. Finally, he saw a holy man. That last sight convinced him to help find the route of human suffering. He would find his own path to enlightenment which included 30 days of meditation under a Bodhi tree. After those 30 days, he figured out the answer. He called the answer- the four noble truths:

1. Life is suffering
2. Suffering is caused by desire
3. There is a way to overcome desire
4. That way is the Noble Eightfold Path

The 8 folds are having the right outlook on life, the right intentions, the best use of one’s words, being moral in one’s actions, being moral in your business transactions, putting in the effort, always being mindful, and obtaining the right concentration.

I’m not a religious guy by any stretch of the imagination but I have to admit, it’s quite a view of the world and personally, I feel it’s not a bad one to have. Those eight folds are pretty good things to follow. Having the right intentions and words and always being mindful, I wish more people were like that.

Song 914- “Suffer the Children” by Napalm Death

I don’t think Buddha would’ve approved of Napalm Death but it is about suffering and that is what life is. (And I think this was the first song of its genre that I ever enjoyed).

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