Does Happiness Require Suffering?

September 5, 2014 7:21 PM

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Does Happiness Require Suffering?

Listening to Jian Ghomeshi recently, I heard him interview George St. Pierre (September 1, 2014 episode), a former world champion ultimate fighter. Ghomeshi asked him if he enjoyed the bouts, if he was happy when he was in the ring. St. Pierre answered that in the moment of the fight he was not happy, because he was too filled with all the various fears he faced in a match, and being in the public eye. But afterwards, when the match was over, yes he was happy. St. Pierre then referred to the sometime-Buddhist-ascribed idea that happiness is really just the moments when we experience the relief of suffering.

Listening to Jian Ghomeshi recently, I heard him interview George St. Pierre (September 1, 2014 episode), a former world champion ultimate fighter. Ghomeshi asked him if he enjoyed the bouts, if he was happy when he was in the ring. St. Pierre answered that in the moment of the fight he was not happ...

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