Evolution did not design us to see the world clearly, it designed us to do whatever we needed to do to get our genes into the next generation.
We don’t see the world clearly— this is why we suffer, and why we make others suffer.
Meditation and in particular buddhism meditation is very well equipped to address that problem.
We want things, gratitude tends not to last--we find ourselves in perennial dissatisfaction.
We always want things to be a *little* different, always want a *little* more.
Natural selection built people to do some things that help us get genes to next generation including:
- eating food to stay alive
- having sex to propagate genes
Eat--you feel bliss; you never eat again, have sex--you feel full; never have sex again....that’s not a prescription for getting genes into the next generation!
Buddhism tried to counter this wiring — to free us as hostages to our natural fundamental incentives structure.
The natural selection process sets our agenda--buddhism says we don’t have to play that game anymore.
A lot of feelings we have are not worth following—we live in environment so different than our predecessors.
If someone shames us on twitter we act as if we would have 1000 yrs ago when if someone shamed us it meant we wouldn’t have mated.
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