PEOPLE REALLY SUFFER ALL THE TIME
People really suffer all the time. They suffer because they are not satisfied © they want more and more. War is more an outcome of the universal suffering of dissatisfaction than an embodiment or representative suffering. Through his greed, vanity and cruelty, man brings untold suffering upon himself and others.
Man is not content to create suffering only for himself, but he is relentlessly zealous in creating suffering for his fellowmen. Man seeks his own happiness even at the cost of the happiness of others, thus giving rise to cruelty and unending wars. As long as he thinks only of his own happiness he does not find it. In the pursuit of his own individual happiness the limited self of man becomes accentuated and burdensome.
When man is merely selfish he can, in the false pursuit of separate and exclusive happiness, become utterly callous and cruel to others, but this recoils upon him by poisoning the very spring of his life. Loveless life is most unlovely. Only a life of love is worth living.
DISCOURSES, 6th ed, pp. 170-171
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