Kashaf Mamoon

Computer science engineering student,

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Why we want every thing permanent in this temporary life ?

why we always try to achieve everything permanently for us ?
We all know what we will get will have to vanish someday because our life is not permanent.

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    W. Ying

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    Jul 23 2013: .My answer:

    It is because that our life goal is to keep our DNA alive.

    "We want every thing permanent in this temporary life" in order to
    keep our DNA alive easier.
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      Jun 25 2013: Thanks for your precious reply hope every one can understand this.
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    Jun 24 2013: If we speak about not matherial things, because even real estate is not so permanent... For sure people don`t want sadness, pain or another adversities be permanent. None want permanent suffering. So we want permanent pleasure things, right? Because time flows too much quickly when we are happy. So it`s the question of percaption, deformation of senses. We feel happy time passed too quickly, and sadness time always too much long.
    So we want to make vice versa.

    They said, meditation turns everything in celebration, every minute turns in permanent happiness. I felt it several times but it`s not easy, nearly impossible, to stay at such state for a long time.
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      Jun 24 2013: i totally agree with Miss Anna and i respect your view.
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    Jun 24 2013: 19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
    20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
    21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    Matthew Chapter 6

    Some things are permanent.

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      Jun 24 2013: Thanks Mr. Peter for your nice reply hope every one will understand this :)
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    Jul 23 2013: I think the main reason is that we want to feel safe. Things that are essential to us (e.g. family, income, friends, food supply, home) we would want them to remain stable because it gives us a sense of security so we won't have to wake up everyday worrying ourselves with what to do today to get food in our stomachs for instance. It is a natural instinct for us to expect that these necessities remain permanent.

    However, as you can see, a lot of things we produce today are disposable and expendable. We have invented things that could be used for once and then thrown away including camera, diapers, bags, bbq. We do not want everything to be permanent. There are people who change the partners every seeral months or so. And even for ourselves, our wants and purposes does not remain the same throughout time. We easily get bored of what we are doing and we always seek for new ones. It is also a basic human characteristics that we can never be satisfied with what we have now.
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    Jun 25 2013: In a fundamental level we are gene propagating machines. Our biological body is not a unit of life, rather it's a huge colony of cells under a mind blowing co-ordination to keep the genetic information passing on to next generation. I think our craving for permanence is a sub conscious image of our admission that this organization of self is not going to last.
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    Jun 24 2013: Kashaf, we know that we will die, are you talking about material acquisitions, we know that we will die, but they will be passed on to our children (inheritance). Some our children will keep, some they will sell for money. Either way, we feel good thinking our children will benefit, no?
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      Jun 24 2013: but what we need is directly or indirectly for us ..... although what ever we are doing for our children is for us only.
      hope you got my point
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        Jun 24 2013: I'm not entirely getting it, Kashaf. When a man and woman have children, they try to get nice things for their children as well as themselves, a nice home, nice furniture, nice clothes. They also seek good relationships, they hope their children will have nice people as playmates.

        To some degree we do things for our friends. We make a nice home so when our friends come over they will enjoy themselves, they can sit comfortably, eat good food, perhaps there is air conditioning.
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          Jun 24 2013: yes i agree but the question is for whom ........ and the answer is for us because if our children /wife/friend will get all these then we will get happy.
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          Jun 26 2013: Making nice things to people worth it we can make own happpiness longer, mirrored in many souls. The same way we could serve real needs for the sake of society. The same if we have a project takes us away but gives us divinity. The same way meditation works. So it seems we have to work just to make happiness longer. May be because it becames shorter by enthropia and reasons like that...
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        Jun 24 2013: It's true, Kashaf, but can't it be for both, we get genuine pleasure from others' happiness, and also feel good about ourselves that we helped provide it.
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    Jun 24 2013: Is that so called permanent things are really permanent ?
    How one can measure that permanence ?
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      Jun 24 2013: I tried to say that we want to make things permanent for our life
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        Jun 25 2013: Understand your point.
        What I am saying is , some people equates permanence with their own life span , some other also considers few generations after her/ him for his family.