Changing Perspective

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Philosophical Confessions


Sometimes, often times really, we yearn for a changed perspective, as if it is the panacea for all human suffering. Suffering is after all categorically evil. No one sound of mind would ever pursue their own unhappiness, said Socrates. Suffering is bad, and one has the absolute moral responsibility to prevent suffering when there is nothing of comparable moral significance at risk, said Singer. The promise of eternal bliss in the next life functions as supreme motivator for the endurance of all things individually qualifying or negating in this life, says Christianity (or at least some interpretations of Christian dogma). All you need to do (unless there is an underlying physiological cause) as Epictetus said of old, is change your perspective. For, “Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our…

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