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Nirvana, Heaven, Paradise, etc....

     For thousands of years the Buddha, and like discerning humans across the globe, have internalized a simple core life-insight....detachment from finite phenomena ends suffering and yields bliss.  The "nirvana" root word means "extinction".  Other cultural "final state" concepts speak to the same beyond/after reorientation.  The idea seems simple enough, yet our species seems increasingly addicted to hedonistic consumer ism.  My sense is that, at both personal and group levels, reciprocal moralities emerge more robustly in information rich yet materially sparse environments.  You can grow a tomato in the shade, but not a very good one, and you can raise a man in a carnival, but not a very good one!

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