Life Is Suffering : Siddhartha Gautama, The Man Who Would Be Buddha

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Sean Hronek Keith Bickley Intro to World Religions 04/05/17 Life is Suffering Siddhartha Gautama, the man who would be Buddha, set out when he was very young to find something. He had been sheltered for all his life, given everything he could ever desire, but even so he was not satisfied or content with his existence. When he exited his confinement, he realized the world around him was suffering, and he did not know what to do. That is what he went looking for, a cure, a cure to human suffering. He never found it in his lifetime, though he knew of its existence and knew he would reach it eventually. He did, however, discover a treatment that could lead to the cure. It was this discovery, brought about by spending a little more than a month…show more content…
Some schools of Buddhism do think that gods, devils, and spirits may very well exist, but these entities did not bring the universe into existence and likely have their own problems to deal with. In other words, there’s no grand plan, just a great spinning cosmos that we all happen to live in. It’s similar to the views held by Friedrich Nietzsche, a man most famous for coining the phrase “God is dead”. Now while that may seem straightforward enough at a passing glance, most people don’t know the full quotation. Truthfully that might be for the best, given that Nietzsche’s actual meaning is a lot more depressing than simple deicide. “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?” This is not a cry of victory; this is a cry of anguish. The phrasing is meant to be somber poetry, which it is, but it can be hard to decipher his actual meaning as a result. What Nietzsche is trying to say is that in the wake of the Enlightenment and the perfection of the Scientific Method, previously
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