People everywhere seek to increase pleasure and avoid pain and suffering, but mind does not always lead us toward those goals.
Everything we view as positive has a negative corollary that tends to manifest however much we wish to suppress it.
Striving for pleasure sets us up for disappointment and loss.
Our greatest joys can become occasions for grief and pain.
Advances we view as improvements can make our situation worse, and some forms of suffering are so persistent and universal that we tend to accept them as inherent in our human condition.
Everyone suffers from rejection, self-doubts and insecurity, conditions that arise through operations of mind.
If these can somehow be avoided, there still remains, disease, the crippling infirmities of old age, and the inevitability of death.
Revelations of Mind