Zach Miller (zarfmouse) wrote,
Zach Miller

Bullshitting about Enlightenment

I'm enjoying spouting my random thoughts about Enlightenment (and the fallacy of suicide as a solution to "the problem of ego") over in soulsong's journal.

The Zen notion of enlightenment is a topic I find myself talking about a lot. It's fun to talk about. It's certainly something I've spent a lot of time reading and thinking about (I've been drawn to Zen since 8th grade, really, and have been studying it informally ever since).

I'll never make a decent practitioner (and don't really have designs to practice anyway, still too much of an atheist to go for the organized thing, no matter how compelling it is) because I'm so obsessed with thinking about it instead of just doing it. They say the more you think about enlightenment, the further you are from it.

But I do think my study of Zen has helped me structure a lot of my ideas about the world and my place in the world and has given me a lot of appreciation for simple mindful action. That's all I could possibly ask of any philosophy, really. Also, a rich topic set to bullshit online about is nice too.
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