Happiness is a by-product of ultimate pragmatism.
Ultimate pragmatism is action arising from agency that is absent confusion regarding Truth.
Suffering is cyclic until the Truth is understood with sufficient clarity, or until behaviour is aligned with Truth with sufficient perseverance and precision to end the cycle.
The Truth is that personal agency exists only as an artefact of conceptual understanding and as a concession to communication – it has no existence beyond the realm of concepts.
Thus in the beginning, pragmatism is about strategies to facilitate alignment with Truth.
And in the end, pragmatism takes care of itself.
Pragmatic behaviour tends toward impersonal benevolence:
Truth is absolute – the notion of an extant, independent person is a misunderstanding of reality.
There is no pragmatic rationale to support the inclination to worry.
Anxiety should be proactively ‘flagged’ as an injunction to:
The paths of Advaita Vedanta (Non-duality), the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism, and other traditional simple Self Inquiry methods such as that taught by Nisargadatta Maharaj, and indeed the path taught by the popular teacher and author Eckhart Tolle, are all various explicit ways of approaching the same fundamental Truth.
Transcendental Pragmatism is a strategy reduced to the bare minimum for brevity. It is as applicable to the approach to Truth-realization as it is to what comes after Truth-realization.
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