Ricard: “Happiness”: looking inward and outward

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When we look outward, we solidify the world by projecting onto it attributes that are in no way inherent to it.
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Looking inward, we freeze the flow of consciousness when we conceive of an “I” enthroned between a past that no longer exists and a future that does not yet exist.
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We take it for granted that we see things as they are and rarely question that opinion.
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We spontaneously assign intrinsic qualities to things and people, thinking “this is beautiful, that is ugly,” without realizing that our mind superimposes these attributes upon what we perceive.
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We divide the entire world between “desirable” and “undesirable,” we ascribe permanence to ephemera and see independent entities in what is actually a network of ceaselessly changing relations.
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We tend to isolate particular aspects of events, situations, and people, and to focus entirely upon these particularities.
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This is how we end up labeling others as “enemies,” “good,” “evil,” et cetera, and clinging strongly to those attributions.
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