Buddhists think that life is suffering and that this suffering is meaningless. But there is a categorical value to suffering-that is to say, we can give suffering a categorical value.
Suffering in every instance serves the purpose of teaching that suffering is bad and that power is good and in motivating life in a general movement toward power and away from suffering.
In the movie Fight Club, Tyler Durden gave the main character a chemical burn on his hand. The main character tried to escape the pain through remembering what he learned in guided meditation, and Tyler replied, "Don't deal with it the way those dead people do. This is the greatest moment of your life, and you're off missing it somewhere." Why is this the greatest moment of his life? Because nothing makes one more aware of the importance of power than being in terrible pain and not being able to do anything about it.
Their conclusions, however, rely on the idea that this trend towards power cannot succeed in overcoming suffering, except through annihilation. This is a metaphysical assumption I neither see evidence for nor am willing to accept without evidence. And even if this were the case, what better way could I live, ceteris paribus, than seeking to affirm my will, regardless of the result?
In any case, power is required to achieve this or any goal and is thus the categorical value. Rather than assume that life is meaningless or futile one should seek out power that would put one in a position to know what the case is and act accordingly.
If you desire something and you cannot obtain it, you may experience suffering. There are two ways to solve this problem. Either obtain the object of your desire, or stop desiring it. Why would you want the latter?
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