All A False Hood, And Farther From Reality

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If one were to ask the following, “What does it mean to be human?” the answer would generally vary from person to person. However, as humans there are certain characteristics unique to us, that separate humans from other species as well as nonliving things. These characteristics regard to the human condition, the meaning of humanity. Despite the variability in such response from person to person, there are characteristics of the human condition that are common to humans as a whole. In great exposure to humanity and its condition, one must not look very far to see that lives so perfectly portrayed on movies and on television, in books and in magazines, are all a false hood, and farther from reality. The life of a human is often said to be …show more content…
This he does not question. What is questioned however is, what is better? To live a life of suffering the way in which one should go, or conversely, is death the end all be all in regards to ending a life of suffering?
“To die, to sleep—
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That flesh is heir to?
‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.”
If death were to end suffering than, according to Shakespeare, would, undoubtedly be the way in which one could end their suffering. However, Shakespeare, in his text, says this is not so simple. If once one is dead, they are dead, and there is no reversing such decision, than how we to be so certain that death does indeed alleviate such suffering inherent with living? “To die, to sleep, To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub,
For in the sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
May give us pause.”
If for no reason other than the unknown of death do we, as Hamlet speaks, do we bare the burdens of life, in order to avoid the possibilities of unknown sorrows. If death is not an escape from sorrows, than how can one live a life of free from such sufferings? One can turn to Buddhist texts for guidance. In the article entitled, “The Buddhist Approach to Overcoming Suffering,” by John R. A. Mayer, Professor Emeritus of
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