Self-Inflicted Nature of Misery

  • Negativity and positivity

I was feeling low a few minutes back. This instantly got me pondering over whether misery is attaching itself to me or I am attaching myself to misery. Upon further introspection, I realized the latter was the case and as soon as I chose not to attach myself, it was almost gone.

Misery is called dukkha in Hindi/Sanskrit/Pali, and I wonder how much of it is fate and how much is choice. I wrote a blog post about traps some time back, and every now and then, I walk into traps created by circumstances. But no matter how bad the trap is, there remains a conscious choice to get out of it. Most of the time, however, the choice is a complex one. It can entail a directed acyclic graph (DAG) of choices.

So fate, being a very powerful force as it is, is still overrated.