Fear one another pt. 2


With this text I have two points:

To sum up:

Desire –> fear of losing –> thieves/people

First point:

Do we have our focus on the wrong “source” of fear? Most people in our culture fear only the last step in the formula: thieves/people.
Maybe it is time to lead our focus at least on step back, if not two.

Working on your fear of losing is hard, but possible. As is getting rid of desires, but yet people do this every day (most of them are hidden away in temples & monastery’s, though;)  

But I am a firm believer and supporter of the thought that these incredible feats of self-discipline are still possible whilst living a modern life in our western culture.

To sum up:

Would it matter if we lost our affectionate, perhaps inherited wristwatch or necklace? Can one lose his personality just like that?
Second point:

We fear losing material things because, to some extent, they describe who we are.

But do they really? Are we just mixing the two together?

Genuine personality (actions, thoughts, feelings, etc.)

Personal belongings <– current fear

In the end, what is more important for who you are? Items or characteristics?

Thank you for sticking with me through this blabble. Have a nice day! :)

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7 thoughts on “Fear one another pt. 2

  1. shreejacob says:

    Oh definitely our characteristic defines us…but that too at only a certain level…because we are more than just our personality….we are our souls..and to enter into the journey to remember that is when it starts getting a little more interesting ;)

  2. Lyn Lindsay says:

    Hi Andy,
    A very interesting topic, and yes I think you’re right. Certainly in Buddhism there is the concept of impermanence, which causes suffering – such as, like you say, we ‘suffer’ (to use the term loosely) if we lose a precious object. We can also ‘suffer’ before we actually lose it because we fear that we might lose it! Likewise, if we feel very happy, that happiness is often tainted by the knowledge that it won’t last forever! Everything is impermanent. But if we accept that that is the case, then there is nothing to worry about! As you say, it doesn’t detract from who we are.
    Likewise, people are often defined by what they do, not by who they are. If you meet someone socially often the first thing you ask is “what do you do?” If you don’t “do” anything then where does that leave you?
    All very interesting things to think about!
    Thank you Andy,
    Best wishes, Lyn

  3. oidassin says:

    Interesting post, Andy. You’re right. To some point, personal belongings describe who we are but it’s only temporary. I mean, when you lose a particular item, your personality stays the same (at least that’s what I think it should be). So, of course, characteristics is definitely more important.

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