The Importance Of Self-Centeredness

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Throughout human history we have lived in what seems to be a never ending turmoil of ups and downs. Fear, happiness, life, death, war, peace, and so many other experiences we take for granted, and even those we wish to never experience at all. What seems to follow is a very specific self-centeredness from the majority of the population. A universal but ignored self-importance, an ego of sorts. Over the course of history we have gained a biased outlook on life, one formed through the ways we are raised. Individually, we are important, and other people have their own lives to worry about, it isn’t our business. But isn’t it? What is the difference between a Prince of the English royal family and a poor street hustler? Very little in reality.
A very specific question in this is why? Why is it so generally accepted that we should only care about ourselves and not those around us? Fundamentally an issue of survival, it becomes very difficult to live as though the world’s problems are on your shoulders alone. But
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Much like learning a new language or how to write with your non dominant hand, the brain forms new neural connections and remembers these connections. The trait of neuroplasticity the brain has makes meditations effects so long lasting, we can teach ourselves and even others to be happier, less stressed, to care about each other more. Ricard in his talk goes over the wants and needs of people to be happy. How we could be outside in the cold and want warmth, so we build a fire, and the fire is warm and we become momentarily happy. But without regulation the fire begins to get too hot so we step back, if not we risk burning ourselves. There’s a certain amount of give and take required to be happy, us receiving through meditation as a means, but to say meditation isn’t also a philosophical practice is to say we can always be happy without ever giving anything

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