Our Attachments Lead To Happiness And Suffering


I wrote this many years ago:


Truly understanding leaves one little hope here on Earth however, a deep sense of intuition coupled with certain life experiences can teach one much about ultimate truth. This type of truth is superior to any type of relative truth we may come in contact with here in the physical, earthly realm.

Unless we are completely devoid of intelligence, we realize that nothing we have will last. Being human however, it seems we have a need to cling to something whether it be a wife, stereo, book, etc. The realization that nothing will last coupled with the desire to cling creates a contradiction. It is this contradiction which leads to suffering.

I am not saying not to get attached; what I am saying is that we should be fully aware that nothing we have will last. Because of this, we should enjoy things while we can and not be surprised when things pass.

Life leads to love which yearns to stay.

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Missing Link 12 months ago from Oregon Author

Thanks Cat for your kind words and thoughtful response!


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cat on a soapbox 12 months ago from Los Angeles

Thought- provoking! As I read this today, it was during a break from clearing out storage areas in preparation for relocation this coming year. I agree! We are meant to suffer through our earthly existence.It's not realistic to think of living without attachment unless we have devoted our lives to a the spiritual realm like a monk. We cling to things on many levels. It's human nature to form emotional bonds, have memories, and hold onto physical stuff which either feeds ego or allows us to cling to the past. I am learning to let go of material things, but I hold on to the memories with all of my senses.


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Missing Link 17 months ago from Oregon Author

I totally agree. You know, I came to reject Buddhism in the past because it talked all the time about striving for detachment, emptiness, voidness, etc. What I found however is that leaves you cold and lonely. We are meant to become attached, to fall in love, to yearn...and yes, to suffer.


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Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

Our attachments can and will lead to sadness, but life without attachment is trivial and empty.

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