Two ways to live
(some value even though not full clarity)
In this vision of life the thinker takes in all the information, observations, principles, experiments he is able to, and with these principles refines and hones them to achieve and accomplish a final work full of wisdom. This view is progressive and culminates in a vision of ourselves and our work that is perfected as best we can.
In the second way the emphasis is on living fully in the present. Why? Because the future is a question mark.
With this take on life the scale of balance between good and bad is not equal. Eventually the bad overwhelms the good. A title wave of emotional, mental and physical pain sooner or later overwhelms us. Our former “balance” and “harmony” was an illusion. What is real is the need for relief.
How do we get relief? We can seek pleasure, numb the pain through medication, or seek spiritual relief. The basic point here is that eventually pain becomes an issue and dealing with the pain trumps everything. All intentions, plans, visions take a back seat, and the immediacy of pain becomes the most basic issue we have to face.