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Drawn to Nonsense
« on: January 05, 2010, 10:04:48 pm »
I have noticed that it is mostly the things that don't make sense to which my attention is drawn.  I have a feeling this is common to most people.  Why do this when it causes suffering?  Why not stay in the comfort of a world that makes sense?

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Re: Drawn to Nonsense
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 10:17:45 pm »
In my case it is a matter of having to "lighten-up" once in a while.  My personality is pretty intense most of the time due to a life full of heavy, heavy responsibility:

e.g.  Full time job dealing literally with life and death (now retired); Wife dying (now dead); Four kids to feed, educate, and marry-off (now all are well fed, educated, and married-off); some kids losing jobs or incurring excessive loan debt due to poor economy (support them when & as needed); grandchildren also need support and assistance at school and sports functions;  oldest daughter now experiencing same terminal disease process which her mother experienced.

Short version:  Llife is suffering, stressful, and not satisfying in samsara.

So, when there is a chance to play I play and have some fun at no one's expense except my own.
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Re: Drawn to Nonsense
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 10:56:14 pm »
I have noticed that it is mostly the things that don't make sense to which my attention is drawn.  I have a feeling this is common to most people.  Why do this when it causes suffering?  Why not stay in the comfort of a world that makes sense?

Because you cannot stay there. The "sense" that appears is impermanent.

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Re: Drawn to Nonsense
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 11:02:23 pm »
I have noticed that it is mostly the things that don't make sense to which my attention is drawn.  I have a feeling this is common to most people.  Why do this when it causes suffering?  Why not stay in the comfort of a world that makes sense?
When I was really confused I almost enjoyed the things that did not make sense. Even though I didn't enjoy being confused there was a small part of me that found both validation in life and an excuse to not avoid really living it. I was wrestling with the profound questions of life and not to be bothered by the banal and mundane.

Then I got clean and sober.
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Re: Drawn to Nonsense
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 12:47:08 am »
I would say that it just is the inquisitive nature of (wo)man. It is the undying power that makes us progress. What's beyond the horizon? The stars? Why are we here? Nothing makes sense until we have figured it out. Staying in the comfort of the known world also causes suffering.

For the buddhists-to-be, suffering makes no sense. So they investigate it. And so starts a journey. For each concept or problem we understand, there comes another one that we don't understand and so it continues until there is no more nonsense and we are emancipated. Just my  :twocents:
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