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  •  Pleasure and pain are the same stuff (8+ / 0-)

    This is a very difficult lesson to learn, and one that has me worried as we have had an orgy of pleasant and the bill is coming due. It is going to hurt. As best I can tell learning to see beyond pleasure and pain is essential to making this work. When something is really important we will happily suffer as long as we are making progress toward that which we truly want. It becomes a war between what I want now and what I want most.

    If you haven't a clue about the connection between pleasure and pain a simple life will become a hell because you will miss all the fun.

    I am struggling to find my way through this maze we have built as a western civilization. With the level of scientific knowledge and technology we see new things popping up at an ever increasing rate, and some talk of a singularity where the technology will develop a life of its own and leave humans behind. I understand the concept and it bewilders me. Meanwhile I write on a 3 year old laptop and ponder buying a tablet. Why? So my wife can skype with our daughter on the other side of the world. Such a simple thing - to talk with family. Such a complexity of technology to make it happen.

    I wonder if technology can maintain this pace of development. I doubt it, if people don't buy it.

    Just some thoughts from another person traveling the road, though I wonder if it is the same one.

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