I’m giving up on Chess.
Principle 9: Help Those Who Need to Relieve Suffering (The Need Principle)
By the Good Works Corollary (C3-4) we know that relieving other people’s suffering will help relieve our own. However, as detailed in the Cause Principle (P6), desire is the cause of suffering and fulfilling desire creates more desire. So how do we relieve suffering if the way to do it causes more suffering?
One of the Chess websites I play on just changed their site design. This spawned so many threads about how bad the new design was and how people wanted the old design back that 8 out of the 10 latest posts were on that topic. But the lie is that they just changed their site. They’ve had the new version of the site in beta for months. There have been links on the old site for the beta version begging you to check it out and give feedback. But now that it’s up everyone is freaking out about it. Why wasn’t I consulted, Why wasn’t I informed? You were, and you blew it off.
This is a pattern I’ve seen before.
Omen of the Week
We had a strong contender coming right out of the gate this week. I thought for a minute they would be upset by the Belgian copyright holders who want to charge people who read books to children royalties. But that’s just one whack group of Belgians who aren’t getting their way in court.
So this week’s Sign of the Coming Apocalypse is still the MPAA giving an R rating to a documentary about kids who are too young to see an R movie. That’s right. A documentary about bullying going on in schools cannot be shown in the schools where the bullying is going on. Why not? Language. Apparently the MPAA believes that kids are too immature to hear themselves speak. Instead they should toe the MPAA party line that sex is evil and violence is a reasonable way to solve conflicts.
Principle 8: The Mind and the Body are One (The Embodiment Principle)
My undergraduate major was in Cognitive Science, the interdisciplinary study of the mind. We had a student led discussion group one semester, and one of the major themes from the group was that you couldn’t study the mind without studying the body.
On the way out of work today I saw Tall Needle talking on the phone. We’ve generally agreed to be friends, but I don’t think she really wants to be friends. She just wants to not deal with what happened between us. I went along with it because I don’t see any point in causing her more suffering. But today it was pretty obvious she was talking to her new boyfriend on the phone, and it hurt.
Derivative 12: Focusing on the Present Moment Relieves Suffering (The Now Derivative)
According to the Cause Principle (P6), we suffer because we want to be in some imaginary past, future, or other now. If these are our root desires, then when we let go of desire we must be in the present and accepting the way things are. When you want that new sports car, what you want is to be in an imagined future or a different now where you have that sports car. When you let go of the desire for the sports car, you are accepting the here and now where you don’t have one.
Derivative 11: Letting Go of Desire Relieves Suffering (The Detachment Derivative)
So if we cannot avoid desire (P7, The Desire Principle), and desire causes us suffering (P6, The Cause Principle), how do we put an end to our suffering? Obviously, you have to do something with the desire once you have it. You have to let go of it.
Derivative 2: Act to Minimize Harm (The Negative Derivative)
By the Hippocratic Corollary (C3-3) we want to avoid harming other people. It would be nice if we could go through life never hurting anyone, but life is rarely so black and white that we can clearly make that choice. Instead we are presented with gray situations where someone gets harmed no matter what we do. So what do we do in those situations?