Why does religion not embrace suicide?
Simply because, by its nature, it must propagate in order to sustain itself.
It is an amusing paradox that all religions frown upon the indulgence of
pleasures while simultaneously depicting their reward as an afterlife of
even more excessive indulgence.
What is the role of pleasure? To what purpose is the denial of pleasure?
It takes on the rather curious paradox of the weightlifter
who becomes stronger merely to reconfirm the source of his strength.
Suffering, in religion, is suffused
with a dark glory akin to sunflowers.
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