Craving Annihilation

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Craving Annihilation

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:08 am

This third form of craving seems more pervasive, or at least more noticeable today than in past decades. Here is Nyanaponika on this affliction.
The craving for annihilation is the outcome
of sheer despair, the reverse of worldly enchantment.
Worn out by the vicissitudes of life, one longs for a sleep
without awakening, to obliterate oneself as a protest against
a world that does not grant one’s wishes. As an irrational
revenge, one wants to destroy oneself or others. In some
cases, fanatical creeds of violence and destruction stem from
this very source.*
Finally, in its rationalized form, this craving appears as the
view or theory of annihilation (uccheda-ditthi), expressed
in various types of materialist philosophies throughout the
history of human thought.
* On these necrophil, “death-loving” tendencies, see Erich
Fromm, The Heart of Man (New York: Harper and Row, 1964),
pp. 37ff.
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Re: Craving Annihilation

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:13 am

He continues with this dire prediction:
When adopting a materialist creed, the view of annihilationism,
one struggles for an earthly paradise, fights fanatically
against any religious teaching, and may even go so far as
to deny dogmatically all moral and spiritual values.
In performing evil actions one lags behind, falls short
of the basic human postulates; and deteriorating, one will
finally sink and be submerged by the samsaric floods. In
struggling for the performance of worldly good actions,
with all their inherent limitations and attachments, illusions
and frustrations, one will be carried away endlessly
into the ever-receding horizon of the unattainable.
From The Worn-out Skin
May all seek, find and follow the Path of Buddhas.

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