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Old 04-26-2016, 07:48 AM
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No. In the immortal words of Mark Twain, lack of money is the root of all evil, and I wholeheartedly agree.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:38 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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The pursuit of excess is the root of all evil. I mean that in the aspect of wealth, necessities, religion, and desires.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by skepticratic View Post
Perhaps the pursuit of happiness alone, or to an extreme extent could. I don't think the desire to be happy is at all negative though.

I could say the desire to only ever feel happiness is a negative though. I don't think it's truly possible to happy if you are never sad, for example. And to only care for your own happiness, even at the expense of others could be an evil.

I however do not believe a single thing is the root of all evil. I believe that living in extremes leads to levels of evil though. The extreme desire for money is an evil. I can't really think of a reason why the extreme desire for happiness wouldn't follow this rule.

If by extreme desire for money you mean having so much money and still wanting more (in other words greed) then yes but when you are poor and/or you've had money taken from you you will most likely have extreme desire of money or the money that was taken from you and that's not bad.
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:33 AM
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by MikeNigh View Post
Do you think the pursuit of happiness could be argued to be a root cause of evil?
No. Pretty much everyone desires happiness in their lives, and many do feel it. Pursuing it, to me, would more adequately define someone who is unhappy. Happiness comes from within, so for anyone who is pursuing it, they are lacking something that allows them to feel joy. Evil doesn't even enter into it.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:33 AM
Location: Concord NC
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The pursuit of happiness by an individual can involve behaviors that are interpreted as evil by others.
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:01 PM
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Hardly. Nothing wrong w/ being happy. The problem is becoming attached to it, or to anything else. Buddha saw that the problem was desire, or craving. I would say that is absolutely correct. His realization was that A-all of life is a sort of suffering (if we don't have something we suffer, and even if we have it, we suffer because we fear losing it because we are attached to it), B-suffering comes from desire or grasping, C-if you eliminate desire you eliminate suffering, D- you eliminate suffering by the usual methods; right speech, right action, right thoughts, etc. It's a formula that has worked for thousands of years. Someone who is not attached to money can be happy w/ it or happy w/o it. Since all things are impermanent, that's a good way to live.

Myself, I could care less about money...it's all that neat stuff it can get you that interests me!

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