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In all that we learn, finding peace in all the hurt and happiness, tears and laughter, and ups and downs is not an easy thing. Finding the inspiration to accomplish the things that will make us feel like fulfilled human beings is not an simple task. Like a wise person once said "Why is it that the deeper you go, the bigger it gets?" What drives great men to do great things? What drives evil men to do evil things? How can I find the courage inside me to accomplish all that I want to do, much less, figure out what I want to do? Life is full of different choices, which inevitably lead to different questions. Working, going to school, quitting your job, or moving to India all eventually lead to the question: What am I going to do with my life now? Zen, is not an answer to these problems.

Zen is more of a psychological application rather then a philosophical school of thought. It doesn't try to touch on metaphysics, spirituality, or anything of the sort. It is more of a complex psychology of acceptance, which turns out to be extraordinarily simple. Humans are afflicted with all external forms of life: we are subject to life and death, pleasure and pain, love and fear, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. We tend to sway, or strive towards one side, and reject its opposite. There is no real escape of one or the other, yet we somehow believe that sooner or later, we will be able to conquer the other side if we stay focused long enough. We often strive for good, hoping the evil in our lives will disappear. But the inevitable always arises, and we find ourselves in the same place that we started. Why is this?

From a more Taoist point of view, life could not be without death. Pleasure could not exist without p...

... middle of paper ... life as it is. Living in the now holds onto nothing, but accepts everything, because it's a state of just awareness. Zen teaches that life is life, and nothing more, so we shouldn't try to make it something that it isn't. It is like the concept of the time of now, the concept exists, yet we can never hold on to it. Living in the now lets us see that all aspects of life are strangely beautiful and complex. Life is almost one of the most outrageous concepts ever thought of.

We go through life, and we search for the answers, but oftentimes the search becomes so strong that we forget to live, we forget to smile, we forget that "it's all good in the hood." Zen tries to take it one step further, taking that frame of mind to every single moment of one's life. It doesn't teach us to follow certain ideals, it just teaches us to let go, and enjoy life as it is.
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