culture Philosophy

Suspended Animation

Feeling trapped? It’s just what we humans do and by goodness do we do it well. Endlessly orienting ourselves towards the games of self and other that culture, language and our psychological worlds bring upon us, we find ourselves hooked and strung across so many reciprocal obligations and complex social or economic responsibilities that there is really no sense in which any one could ever truly enjoy such an experience. Most of our suffering is self-inflicted in precisely this way and the tragedy of it all is, once having entered into this peculiar game there is nothing left to do but to follow it through and smile as though you were enjoying it.

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