Happiness versus pleasure

One can see this distinction in the wider society too - East vs. West; cultures with different foundations - long term (family, infrastructure, community, the arts) versus short term (hype, sex, gossip, war). Mature versus immature. We versus me.

The immature mind thinks 'me'; the mature mind understands that life is really about 'we'.

Maturity is when one grows beyond the narcissism phase *.

'I' am just a small part of a bigger 'I' - humanity.

With Dr. Robert Lustig ...

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One is controlled when one believes what one has been told (sold).

Freedom is removing these mind chains and seeing reality.

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* (footnote) At BB, we think that narcissism is a development phase that most transition out of; but some stay there and it can become exaggerated. The traditional views might also be true; likely, there is an interplay involved.

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Aside #1 : Q : Why does BB have so much content about health - nutrition and mental well-being ?

A : Because it is fundamental to everything else; one cannot see the beauty of life if one's mind is mixed up; one cannot live life to the full if one is ill.

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Aside #2 : Confucius : One can grow from everybody one meets. On life's journey, one will meet wise people - learn from them; one will also meet foolish people - look deep within to see if one also has these follies.

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