Buddha and Plato, Walking Hand In Hand

Buddha and Plato (though Buddha’s time on this earth is less precise) lived at approximately the same time. Plato said, through The First Law of Classical Knowledge, that A is equal to A. Why? Because we wanted it to be. We wanted a world we could control.

Buddha said, through The First Noble Truth of Buddhism, that nothing is permanent, nothing is eternal (or, that A is not equal to A), though we want it to be, badly, and so we suffer.

The question is, in the west, do we know why we  suffer? Is this why 1 in 5 Americans consume psychiatric “medicine,” in order not to know? Could the world we thought we could control be ceasing to exist?


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