Sadness is about feeling aloof from the sweetness,
Sadness is about failing to filter the joy of life through the bitterness,
Sadness is about trying to escape
Sadness is about being unable to let go
Sadness is about not being desired
Sadness is about feeling afraid
Sadness is about feeling invisible in the crowd
Sadness is about not accepting the very own insignificance
Sadness is about feeling ignored
Sadness is about feeling powerless and miserable
Sadness is about trying to hold onto everything
Sadness is about burning inside
Sadness is about feeling shy to cry
Sadness is about missing and roaming in the pockets of memory
Sadness is about getting caught in a maze
Sadness is about getting stuck in the darkness
Sadness is about failing to see the light
Sadness is about isolation
Sadness is about getting lost
Happiness is about feeling the sensation of a warm coffee cup
Happiness is about kissing the lips without contradictions
Happiness is about getting naked under the moonlight
Happiness is about being silly in the crowd
Happiness is about kicking the nightmares
Happiness is about not feeling afraid
Happiness is about feeling secured
Happiness is about feeling recognized, feeling important
Happiness is about lighting the fire
Happiness is about dancing with the wind
Happiness is about taking a deep breath without fear
Happiness is about feeling empowered
Happiness is about finding the path towards brightness
Happiness is about making friendly calls
Happiness is about embracing everyone
Happiness is about rediscovering ownself
Happiness is about getting discovered
Both just happen to us.
Both are unreal.
But we are real.
I had some heated conversation over this Earthling Ed video. Just sharing my thoughts.
Just imagine(not necessarily hypothetical), one day an intelligent and superior alien species conquer the earth and enslave all human being. And a 25 year old Alien who loves human meat says “I wish a perfectly cooked human flesh and human tongue and liver wasn’t so delicious. I know they feel when we throw them on the slaughter house but ooh.. I cant stop having pleasure from eating my delicious food. Yummy.” This is why morality is objective. You try to approach a scenario by putting your ownself in there. The assumption that you are superior and thus you can abuse is morally wrong. Now whether you want to be moral or not is totally up to you. But you are being immoral by killing sentient being is a fact.
The problem is you can not feed meat or dairy products through milk etc. to the 7 billion people on earth by having cattle farm everywhere, ultimately you will have to have animal farming. My grandma own couple cattle farms and I grew up playing with them. So, definitely having a cattle farm is way better and more ethical. But veganism is more like a movement where vegans are making a statement that “in our modern world we can perfectly live and breath by having plant based diet, and we have no necessity to live on meat based protein and put these mammals, reptiles, our fellow creatures in to pain just for our pleasure of taste in the tongue.” It’s hard to teach morality, isn’t it? We used to have slaves and beat the hell out of them, rape slave women just few years ago.. and it was perfectly legal, vouched by religious scriptures.. that’s why a simple moral test is always asking yourself before doing the action “Would you like that to happen to yourself?” That’s where compassion and humanism and a better world origin from.
So..point valid everywhere.. even in a new dimensional world or even in the deep past or even in present.
Aren’t plants as living beings feel pain too… double standards?
These are common things been said towards veganism which just indicates how little people think or know about life and biology. Plant does not have brain and central nervous system. Mammals are not the same as reptilians and amphibians, reptilians are not the same as fungi or plants. There’s a hierarchy in the mechanism of pain. A crocodile or a hippopotamus won’t feel anything on their thick skin if you punch hard, but try that on a human or a dog or a cow. What is pain is a neurological question. What is suffering is a cosmic consciousness question. Yes, plants suffer, but do plants feel pain on the same level a mamal brain which evolved over 500 million years in the 4.8 billion year old history of earth? The answer is no. It’s plain biology and you need to read some literature on the evolution of pain and what nervous centres actually cause it. One intuition I can give, if a person is paralyzed in one leg, you can try punching, pinning, he won’t feel pain from there. But definitely on the consciousness level, plants suffer as they have life. So, I understand where you are coming from. In an ideal buddhist world, they prefer not even killing plants. If I would be able to survive well without killing plants, I actually would prefer to do that as that’s what the same moral code suggests. What I mean by that is that if you are in a living condition, where you no longer have other option but to kill an animal, morally you are right to kill for your survival. So, you couldn’t be a vegan in antarctica or arctic sea where your only option is some seals and fishes. So, morality also definitely depends on cultural evolution and understanding, but on a very firm and simple objective which is “How can we reduce suffering and pain in the world as it is apparently not pleasant”. Hope that answers your doubt. But also read more about what I am saying in philosophy and biology and earth and human history. You don’t need to take my words! Let’s be compassionate as we have reached far and are truly progressing towards a compassionate world little by little amidst all the bullshits, wars and nightmares. And innocent animals can be included in your circle of compassion too.. 😉
“Thanks for the short budhist training. But no, it is still your view of the world and it’s valid but so is mine.
I decided to put and limit my moral compass on human’s feelings and suffering I have little feelings for unknown rabbits living in a random cave in India.
I guess your philosophy will be more telling for individualistic monk in a spiritual quest trying to feel compassion in everyone and everything in the universe (ironically so often excluding his/her close family). That’s one way to live a life but certainly not the best way if there is one.”
Yep, totally valid question. No, the wolves are not immoral because wolves don’t understand morality, wolves don’t have the ethical evolution about what it means to be right or wrong. That’s one way of answering it. Another answer is wolves are carnivorous, they can only eat meat, they can’t live on plants. But the giant apes, our ancestors, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangotans are 95% herbivorous, and only 5% carnivours meaning they sometimes enjoy meat or insects. So, we are actually omnivorous, but we are more herbivorous than carnivorous.. we forcefully are evolving ourselves to becoming carnivorous. You can see in the literature of medical science, how carcinozens cause cancer, what’s the main root of heart disease etc. But anyway, you can totally have a healthy carnivorous diet. So, from the morality standpoint, wolves haven’t written books on morality, wolves haven’t understoon peace, they don’t held nobel peace prize conference. Now whether some people are like wolves, definitely they are.. 😉 whether it’s better to be like a peaceful bonobo than a violent chimpanzee, I think that leads towards a peaceful society. Whether you use atomic energy to bring power plants, versus whether you nuke hiroshima.. we totally have the choice of both. But we understand from physical pain/suffering perspective and also from the empirical evidence from the past, what causes less suffering to life..
“And if your logic is applied to the current world veganism is still a luxury morality which is my main point.
It cannot be universal at least in the present state of the world.
I will leave it here since I can smell that this topic passionates you to the maximum. Hope we’ll have more time to discuss. I’d like to have a deeper understanding of budhism from someone who practice it on a daily basis. 😉”
Whether others are not doing anything to bring less suffering shouldn’t prevent you. If you can be luxarious in the right direction, then be it. May be Einstein had the luxury to think about gravitational pull, theory of relativity when most people were just pulling carts in the world. So are other scientists.. Guess what, that brought everything we enjoy today, including me texting on fb on internet. So are most of the peace prize winners, when nobody cared, they gave their sweats to bring fairness in the world. They weren’t always right. After all we are fallible human beings. But if our intuition tells that something should be done to reduce suffering of animals, and if it’s just to sacrificing my eating habit a little, I will do. And you are right. These are luxurious, but somebody had to do it. If they wouldn’t the world would still be the barbaric world from the past where we would be roaming around on horses with swords or guns in both sides of our cowboy pants and would totally chop heads every time some one argue with us. Haha.. I hope you get the point. Definitely luxurious, but what you understand to be right is always in your hand to be executed immediately. You always have the choice not to do either and flow with the usual tide. After all forcing morality on to others is also immoral which is paradoxical, now I am playing word games.. haha. 🙂
We love to hang out with other people. We love to feel safe. If we don’t have friends, if we feel rejected, if we feel unsafe, unimportant, we feel to die and in the extreme level, some take the decision to suicide. It doesn’t always need to have a religious origin as both religious and non-religious people suicide. For example, the suicide rate in Japan or Sweden (highly non-religious) is very high. But it’s easily understandable why a non-religious person can feel secluded, feel rejected, feel unsafe, feel unimportant in a religious community. So, for a non-religious person, just being non-religious, being knowledgeable about science and facts are not enough, they need to develop self-love, need to develop high interpersonal skills which go beyond anybody’s religiosity, may be need to try to be less argumentative and understandable about irrational human mind and psychology. It doesn’t matter what other people are determined of doing if you know very well about your own determination. But that requires a strong will power that takes time to develop and I know a lot of people, even myself very often don’t or can’t have it. But I strongly stand by these existentialistic/nihilistic/stoicist approach towards life that I learnt from Sartre, Neitzsche, Kahlil Gibran and other philoshophers. And I hope to continue to learn and grow and live amidst differences of all kinds with a smile in my face. So, it’s not sin at all to trust and value your own strength.
If you are not always thinking about God or Agnosticism/Atheism all the time, if you are the person who will not be bothered by every single religious bullshit you hear and can just lightly ignore the shallow talks to focus on good interpersonal relationship based on momentary smiles and joys, if you are involved with some of the plenty of fun activities like sports, dance, dining, kayaking, hiking, biking, running, video games, book reading, blogging, vlogging, cooking, yoga, arts, music and are willing to know passionate people who are involved with these activities and can share their passion, I don’t see why you won’t be able to subside the religiosity or religious conversation. And I don’t know how even a religious people can avoid such an interesting person like you. So, be interesting, be fun, be friendly, talk important things with those who may understand the importance, you will never be out of friends. But still you will often feel lonely like I am feeling in this morning coz I am far away from my family and haven’t met them for over 4 years and lots of other personal issues and insecurities. But I know I will move my ass to make my day as fun as possible. I make my day and I try hardest not to allow anyone to ruin my moments and my peace of mind even if they try hard. And I can tell you that most of my religious friends don’t dislike me, if not love me. Only one life we got. Enjoy with everyone ! And those can’t appreciate who you are after all these, why will we even waste a single bit of seconds thinking about them? We do because we are human, but may be we should not sometimes and let those feelings leave.
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A life of an intelligent beautiful girl you can save
Hey fellow bloggers, let’s save the life of a girl. Definitely you have a big heart and a compassionate shoulder and you can help. This intelligent girl is dying because of cancer (Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia). Her name is Rafa. You can see her innocently smiling on the left of the cover picture of the fundraising page. But then you will feel very sad seeing her terribly struggling with cancer in the right side of the picture. 😦 She is a cousin of my dear friend. She is quite intelligent. She is actually a medical college student at a private Medical college, who in future, if alive, will become a doctor who will probably save and help hundreds other lives. But she is struggling with her own life now.
We already got our first donation from a very special person. 🙂 Keep sharing and posting. I will update with the progress we made. I had contact with the girls family today via messenger and they are extremely happy that we initiated this. I told her to keep smiling. Hope you can help us. M Rezaur Rahman Anup Sarkar
It requires around 100,000 USD to have the bone marrow transplant operation. Her dad already spent 30,000 USD and is being totally unable to collect rest of the money which is required to have the operation. And therefore, they are in dire need of any help you can provide.
So, let me do the math.. if around
70,000 USD = 7000 * 10 = 700 * 100 = 70 * 1000 = 14,000 * 5 = 70,000 * 1
If only 14,000 people donate 5 $, or 7000 people donate 10 $ or 700 people donate 100 $ on average, or any combination above, that makes it enough to save a life that will live and breathe and enjoy all the great things we enjoy in life. And may be she will turn out to be a really good one among us with all the love she will get from all of you. Are you willing to donate even at least a dollar? I know, people from other places are also collecting money, so I am setting a smaller goal from this page which I may change if there’s more interest in helping the beautiful Rafa.
If not, would you be willing to share this post so that it can reach as many people as possible?
Let me know if you can even help with any small or big amount. If you want to know more about this kid, and other information, please contact me, M Rezaur Rahman Anup Sarkar
Money handling transparency: The collected money in the bank account will be transparently shown to all donators. additionally a Google spreadsheet will be kept for money coming from sources other than Facebook.
Ultimately the money will be sent to the bank account of the father of the girl you can see in the cover picture. Later updates will be posted pre and post operation of the girl. We hope to see the girl smile again.
Pessimism alert! Bad trip alert!
However, I am optimistic.
I’ve been thinking about life and miseries and roaming on YouTube and watching some documentaries. It seems to me where ever you are, what relative condition a life is ticking, every living being seems like struggling and feeling pain and suffocation and longing for getting out of the cage. Each seems to desire to live in a better condition, has a goal where each wants to reach, but then it can not, and then it is frustrated and unhappy. Each seems to feel confined in its living condition. And it’s easy to die and the fear is real. It is like neverending unhappiness and struggle to live. All an individual animal and human think about are all that it don’t have, can’t have. Each has the survival instincts and the ability to feel joy and pain. Some are not naturally selected well. Some are trying to climb the ladder, some are falling, some are rising, some are winning, some are being extinguished. Some are not better equipped for existence, some are endowed with good social and physical environment, some are not. Some are lucky, but they feel unlucky. Some are unlucky, but are unaware of the way to bring a good fortune. For human, education and information acquisition seems necessary, but then even with education, with information you can feel trapped. It seems like in life feeling trapped is inevitable.
It was a wild trip for me through internet. Normally you call or recognize that you were in the dark side of internet or youtube after such trip, as if you try to kick yourself into the good reality from a bad one, as if you feel the desire that bad things don’t exist, at least not for you, you only want to watch the good stuff, feel the good feeling, as if you want to believe that your problems and miseries are the biggest problems on earth. But it’s not. But it’s also true that you are only stuck with yourself. The first and foremost thing is your wellbeing but it’s asy to be tricked if your world view is small nd not wide enough to have a global view of existence on our pale blue planet. All may be illusion, it’s hard to figure what’s real and what’s not, as most things are beyond your reach and beyond your subjective world.
Life should be easy to live. But the baggage from evolution, from culture are too hard and the trap seems to be too tight for any individual to break through.
I am on a peak of my personal realizations.
Nothing is weird.
My mind is mashed with conflicting thoughts. But it’s all good.
May be whatever you are, where ever you are, accepting and embracing it is the first step, and then the continuation. Being a human is probably lucky that you are uniquely positioned to think through all these. But then a human mind is so tricky, if it’s not filled with the positive stuff, if it’s not directed towards a good path, it can make a living hell out of itself even in the best livable condition. So, life is a blessing and a curse at the same time; it’s ultimately how it’s perceived. You can know the light, when you experienced darkness.. and vice versa.
If you want to have the same trip like mine…it will be a bad trip for you if you watch these videos sequentially.. . in total I probably watched 50 videos over a long time. Haha.
There’s also almost infinite good stuff and videos too on YouTube. You can always cherry pick and demand to see the good instead of the bad.
A struggling penguin..
Survival of a bear vs a seal
A brothel in the south east
Unhappy women seeking for marriage
Unhappy rich people
My friend on Facebook posted..
Those who keep saying “Money Can’t Buy Everything” don’t have enough money.
And I argued:
“It’s very easy to disprove. Can a billionaire buy you with money? Yes or No? Can he buy to be the most empathetic person, can he buy to be the best scientist? I can go on and on what he can not buy. But it’s true that he can buy lots of things that most people can’t. But even if, what is it that most people want.. big house, big salary, luxary cars, jewelery, ability to travel, power and influence. I can give you hundreds of examples of enthusiastic people who are not rich, who are doing these way better than Donald Trump or some other boring billionaires. Just watch Instagram and YouTube mindfully, how beautifully people can live with less. Money can’t buy creativity, peace in mind; it can just help towards that path. It’s just a vehicle for comfort and survival but it itself is not the comfort and happiness. But look.. this kind of mentality that money is everything.. imprison the free mind and make your mind and then life a living hell. Do u really not think you can just leave every fucking luxary and go to a jungle and live peacefully eating fruits? I am telling you I can totally see myself doing that if that’s whats gonna give me happiness and peace. I’m not a prisoner of the society and the world where money is required. LoL. Money is just a peace of paper. It’s the idea and perception of living that’s important. Peace!! Haha. ;)”
What do you think and say? I would like to hear.
Just posting my Quora answer..
Intelligent, peaceful, skillful immigrants are needed not only in US but also in every other country. Because cultural assimilation is a dire need of our time. If you look at most of the problems we have in our society, they are born out of close mindedness of the people. Why racism is a problem, coz some people just deny or at least used to deny human rights to people who have darker skin. Why an immigrant can find job, but an American can not? You are born in America, but you haven’t explored much or expanded your horizons much to find a job. An immigrant is crossing the ocean or a desert and taking the risk and learning his way to live in a society by learning a different language. That is what a great great great grandparents of a jobless American might have done that the great great great grand son or daughter now doesn’t understand. I have met Americans in Japan when I lived there. When they couldn’t find job in America, they went to Japan and started teaching English to Japanese kids, married Japanese women and are now living there happily. My American friend now lives in Shikoku, Japan and I’m now living within 3 hours of his American home in Michigan. This is how the world should look like. We assimilate, we know, we challenge, we meet people, we make friends, we figure out what we like or dislike, we grow our potential and we live. Nobody is entitled to have anything for granted. Reading a little bit of history will give more persepective. Seeing some statistics on social well being, education, contribution to society by race, by country will open your mind. British have run the world for hundred years, where are they now? America in the sixties have had the highest and happiest middle class, what happened now? World, society will forever change and we should be resilient enough to adapt with the change. Instead of blaming immigrants taking away jobs, an American should rather unite with other Americans of all color and race and legal peaceful immigrants to see how politics and legislations in this country can be made so that people have more rights, more jobs and happy lives, how it’s possible to inspire people or communities rather than infuriating them. Yes, illegal immigration is a problem, but what is to do now to ensure the overall well being of everyone should be the focus or priority. Sometimes sentimental talks and arguments just divide us too much; rather constructive criticism and thoughts should unite us to find real solution to the real problem towards welfare. Putting people in suffering and building walls will never bring wealth and prosperity. So, we should all be critical thinker, empathetic and creative to create a great society. Let’s move our lazy ass, educate ourselves, do what needs to be done in our own space within our reach without complaining too much!
So.. the pursuit of happiness. Some statistics just make me sad. People in America are suiciding more than ever. And I probably should not try to find the statistics in Japan. And in most developing and underdeveloped countries, these statistics are not even collected properly to see. Every day when a person wakes up, doesn’t he or she should want to make the today a little better than days before? But unfortunately, it seems we live in the vicious circle of disappointment, distrust, heartbreak, depression and potentially the desire to end ourselves. We are so solely focussed on our own life and all the pleasures but still we can’t see. The human mind is one of the biggest invention of nature. The immense power it possesses, the creativity and the imaginative nature! But still it seems like we live in a hell within our selves. And for some, it’s so terrible that the only way they can think of is to shut them down forever.