More outward and inward: Ricard

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However, if we consider reality carefully, its complexity becomes obvious.
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If one thing were truly beautiful and pleasant, if those qualities genuinely belonged to it, we could consider it desirable at all times and in all places.
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But is anything on earth universally and unanimously recognized as beautiful?
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As the canonical Buddhist verse has it: “For the lover, a beautiful woman is an object of desire; for the hermit, a distraction; for the wolf, a good meal.”
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Likewise, if an object were inherently repulsive, everyone would have good reason to avoid it.
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But it changes everything to recognize that we are merely attributing these qualities to things and people.
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There is no intrinsic quality in a beautiful object that makes it beneficial to the mind, and nothing in an ugly object to harm it.
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In the same way, a person whom we consider today to be an enemy is most certainly somebody else’s object of affection, and we may one day forge bonds of friendship with that selfsame enemy.
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