Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Argument Against Love

            No one likes being unhappy. Of the many things that could be done to try to alleviate it, the one that is rarely suggested is perhaps the one that would be most effective. Most of our lives are spent in interaction with other people, and as a result, much of the pain and frustration that we face stems from our relationships with others. My suggestion is simple: love no one. Eliminate all feelings for your fellow people.
            Once you have ridden yourself of those burdensome emotional attachments that plague us all, your capacity for being hurt by the actions of others will be massively reduced. If you have no feelings for a person, misfortunes that befall them will never again trouble you. When someone you love does something that hurts you, that hurt is compounded by disappointment: you know they can be better. Why, though, would you feel disappointment at the level to which someone you did not care about had sunk? It is much easier to forget harsh words and actions from those you have no attachment to. Rid yourself of the unfortunate idea that you will be happier if you love others. Looking at it as I have done here, is it not obvious that such a supposition is downright ridiculous?
            Are you often frustrated by the ignorance, the pettiness, the obnoxious nature, the laziness of those around you? Simply cease to care. The only reason you are frustrated is that you wish they were better. You would like it if they improved by eliminating the irritating attribute. If you did not concern yourself with them at all, the problem would disappear. You would be able to tolerate anyone out of a total lack of feelings for them. Annoyances that once seemed insurmountable would vanish rapidly as Houston snow. You would be able to lie back and bask in the delicious freedom that comes of being utterly devoid of the myriad of irritations that were once all that you could think about.
            It seems that everyone is constantly telling us that we should all love each other, but it is abundantly clear that that is not the way to happiness. Emotions clearly lead only to hurt and irritation. Our fellow men can do without our love, and really, do we care? Do not let the potentially hurt feelings of another interfere with your quest for ultimate happiness through absolute indifference. Steel yourself against those sympathetic thoughts that creep into your mind to disrupt the perfect state you are creating. Squelch any gnawing guilt at your cold and uncaring attitude with frequent reminders that your happiness is at stake here. If it will help, tell yourself that you are simply ahead of the rest: if they did what you are working at, they would be much happier too. Then, as soon as you have reassured yourself, squash that disgusting compassion as thoroughly as you can. It is imperative that you not let it continue to get in your way.
            Consider this advice I have given. Think it over, imagine just how much happier you would be if you followed it. Let the tantalizing idea that you could permanently eliminate your unhappiness win you over. Then decide. Will you continue your miserable existence, tossed this way and that by a churning sea of emotions, torn to pieces by your feelings for others? Will you cast off those pesky emotional ties and emerge a cold, uncaring, and immeasurably happier person? The choice is yours. I do not care which you choose. No embracing or rejecting of my advice will have the slightest effect on me, for, remember, I do not care about you. Why should I care what you choose to do with yourself? If I did, though, I would urge you to do what I have suggested here.
            After all, what could possibly go wrong?



-Emma Foster

2 comments:

  1. Voldemort
    That's what could go wrong.

    But I admit, it is a sound argument.

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  2. This is Julia. You've just summarized Buddhist philosophy in a nutshell.

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