The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

Category: Philosophy
Author: Matthieu Ricard, Jack Miles
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by nsomaru   2018-02-16
> When I was still a catholic I "solved" this by assuming God put souls with more capability to survive hardships in bodies that experience more hardships. Basically the world is a level-scaling MMORPG :)

Interestingly, if you an understand the synthesis of eastern metaphysical concepts such as "maya" (illusion), "karma" (causation) and their logical implications such as reincarnation, you arrive at a similar conclusion -- the world is essentially a game (meant to be enjoyed, a journey, a sport to be reveled in), which scales your instance based on your karma! There's respawning too :)

Choose your own adventure!

Just thought I'd drop a book recommendation here: "The Monk and the Philosopher" - Jean-Fran├žois Revel and Matthieu Ricard [0]. A much younger, atheist, science-absolutionist (?-haha) me had his mind blown by this text. It made me seriously question my world view (which would be later be shattered by a friend with considerable philosophical talent). I do not currently identify as a Buddhist, and I'm not sure how it would be received now, but it certainly was useful in breaking a certain science-dogma in me.

edit: punctuation, book recommendation

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Monk-Philosopher-Father-Discuss-Meani...