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The literature overwhelmingly demonstrates that feelings of ease are good and that objects that are easy to process are much liked. We propose, and demonstrate across three experiments, that this is not the case when people are pursuing a goal. This is because people pursuing a goal (e.g., "become kinder") usually invest efforts in whichever means (e.g., donate to a particular charity) they perceive as most instrumental for attaining their goal. Consequently, in their minds there is a correspondence between instrumentality of a means and feelings of effort. This correspondence becomes reversed in people's minds during goal pursuit, and they also come to view an object that is associated with feelings of effort rather than ease as more instrumental for goal attainment and consequently more desirable. When an object is not a means to fulfill an accessible goal, or when goals relating to the means are not accessible, subjective feelings of ease improve evaluation, as found in previous research on ease of processing.
I find it a struggle to get through any books at all these days
Nor will a mere historical summary satisfy me (although it will be a useful guide); I have to read some of the works of the major philosophers themselves.
I have undertaken one of the 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreats which are offered by S.N. Goenka, free of charge, at centres in many countries. Great care is taken to differentiate this training from 'organised religion' and 'dogma'. Participants are encouraged to apply themselves to the practice and observe the results. It is an extremely arduous course, and the timetable they recommend for your daily practice is also pretty demanding. I will own up that I am not able to observe their recommended 'two-hour-per-day' regimen, but I nevertheless do practice regularly and there definitely are benefits.
Objective considerations of contemporary phenomena compel the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.
Agree to a point! If it seems to good to be true, or 'too easy' - it probably is - not true, or not legit! Almost like going back to the hippie stage. Too many people already take this. Living day to day, a simple life can mean to some avoid confrontation, la la la, and then might as well wear a sign saying "kick me" or "take advantge of me, I'm easy". Also leads to enabling those who choose not to accept responsibility-- either ignore it, or don't recognized because of a life of being enabled.
. A master explained what Zen philosophy was all about by saying "When you are hungry, you eat and when you are tired, you sleep"...
Jebediah, You are absolutely right. In fact it is a sign of intelligeance to be able to find the simplest solution to a problem. I was just reading about Zen and how it promotes simplicity and day to day wisdom. A master explained what Zen philosophy was all about
by saying "When you are hungry, you eat and when you are tired, you sleep"...the important thing is to live in harmony and to concentrate on the present but then again that is not so simple today and ten day retreats are a way to unplug and reconnect with just being. Yoga also teaches not to put more energy than necessary in what we do. It's also a matter of temperament, some like reading, others don't. Philosophy is not about books, it's about inquiry and that's what you are doing, so keep it up, it's very interesting.
Yes if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't true. That's one that gets relearned from time to time.
But I've noticed that many people, when offered a simple solution to a healthcare problem, will refuse it. I think it's because they think that if they're in THIS much pain... then it's going to take a therapy that's of equal magnitude.