Re: God's indifference to suffering?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Thu Mar 09 2000 - 13:57:35 MST

xllb wrote:

> "Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> >As SIs would be much older than us,
> Perhaps they've self-evolved as quickly as we are about to. Their
> relatively short head-start, might be just enough to always be just out
> of our reach.
> >Could it be that the suffering
> > is what creates the curiosity that drives us to develop technologies
> > that shape the world and eventually reach for the stars? As the
> > saying goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention."
> I apologize. When I was referring to creativity, I wasn't thinking only
> of art. I expect that suffering, though not the only, nor even best
> motivator, has lead us to create solutions. You made my point more
> effectively. Thanks.

Suffering, as the Buddha said, is caused by desire. Desire is caused by need.
Inventions satisfy need, thereby satisfying desire and allaying suffering. Its not an
accident that "lotus eater" type societies never developed much technology.

Mike Lorrey

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