January 2nd, 2018

When I was in my early teens, and later in college, I had hamsters as pets. Anyone who has had a pet rodent know the scree, scree, scree sound of the exercise wheel to nowhere. Rodents never learn how to get from nowhere to now here. Humans can learn that lesson. The skill is recognize that there is no future, there is no past; there is only now. And when you learn to be here now, the unhappiness dissipates like smoke.

This is the lesson that Robert Wright has learned.

Underlying it all is the happiness delusion. As the Buddha emphasized, our ongoing attempts to feel better tend to involve an overestimation of how long better is going to last. What’s more, when better ends, it can be followed by worse—an unsettled feeling, a thirst for more. Long before psychologists were describing the hedonic treadmill, the Buddha saw it. p. 41

From Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

When was the last time you pondered where you were and were able to grasp here?


Found in my electronic chapbook.

Robert Wright, Why Buddhism Is True

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