Looking at the totality of life


Students Discussion 4

Looking at pleasure and pain

Students Discussion 4 Paris
April 22, 1969

Can we keep the pleasure principle and pain separate, or do they always go together? Thought demands pleasure and yet creates pain. Is our life to be spent in these opposites? Pleasure and pain are living things, not to be approached with a dead mind. Any form of conclusion dulls the mind. The ‘me’ is a bundle of memories, which are dead things, so the ‘me’ is a dead thing. The dead ‘me’ is looking at living things. Can the mind and the heart look with something that is living, which is love?

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