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.
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
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
Both are available through Amazon.
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.
"I prefer to borrow parts of each because I think devotion to a singular 'path' is problematic, at best."
My feelings exactly.
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