I was reading Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche and have come to agree with him.

Meaning in life does not exist without struggle and pain. Those two things are not simply roadblocks to meaning, but they are essential to meaning. Without struggle and pain, life would be meaningless.

Endlessly seeking a safe haven from pain is meaningless. To bear through the pain and to use it as a strength without casting blame is a true path to meaning.

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Which makes me think that there is a lot to the Buddhist philosophy of 'the Way'.

To condemn pain and death as evils is the truest way to condemn yourself to a life full of both.

@herag

If you are at all serious about that, there are two books by Thich Nhat Hanh you might find useful:

Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

and

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

Both are available through Amazon.

@HMLivy
Oh I am. I have only ever read The Tao Te Ching and the Eightfold Path.

I will check them out. I am never committed to a singular ideology though. I prefer to borrow parts of each because I think devotion to a singular 'path' is problematic, at best.

@herag
"I prefer to borrow parts of each because I think devotion to a singular 'path' is problematic, at best."

My feelings exactly. :jrbd:

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