15 Sep 2009

Perhaps the problem in morality is desire, after all. Sometimes I think we are sent to combat the storm armed only with an umbrella. It is seemingly quite fit that the sin of lust is seen only as fitting of the second circle of Hell, according to Dante, only just worse than not having been baptized, almost forgivable. Also, the punishment of being blown about as if in violent tempest, seems fitting. But as I was saying, if nothing that desired were in us, we could be so easily the model citizen, we all. But we do desire, there is something older than man within that drives us. Sometimes to good ends, but much more often, to cause us to take a shortcut on our principles, to obtain what it is we want in the most immediate of fashion. This is the storm vs. the umbrella.

So what are we to do? Seemingly, the best we can hope for is not for us to face it head on, but to have that which is larger take it on. Buddha held that desire was the root of all suffering. That once we eliminate such subversive drive, we would be free from this wicked world. In my thinking, this is what is meant by being selfless — and in the highest of senses, we might think that this is to have replaced our own will with the will of God. Selfless: without self. And perhaps then, in this manner, we are actually going past the goal of Buddha, and tapping into the infinite, when we desire not of ourselves, but of love itself. For I think there is more in this life than pain, and wish not to detach myself from it in totality. The problem of desire I surrender it, my best to win over it.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:01 am

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