The Skeptic Troythulu has posted yet another thought provoking question:
“Are there ever times when life just doesn’t seem to go how you want it to?” (Click Here for the blog entry)
Troy, to answer your question, truthfully, I’m at the point in my life (pushing 50… wow…can’t believe it…), where I can say “very rarely” life doesn’t seem to go the way I want it to. I can, almost, but not quite, take pride in saying I’ve gained a large measure of ataraxia. It has been extremely difficult in many ways, but I’m able to accept just about everything as it is. Note that in one sense there’s a tension between “acceptance” and “skepticism” (acceptance of everything requires “surrender” while the skeptical attitude requires that one hold out), but in a strange way the two are also similar. Eckhart Tolle–pure genius, the guy is incredible–says it best when he says it’s downright illogical not to accept what IS. No one wants to spill hot coffee into their lap and no one wants a rainstorm to ruin a day at the Hawaiian beach, but to rebel against these events makes no sense on many levels–logical and spiritual.