SustainableHappiness wrote:Interestingly enough, I can't find a logical way out of determinism (and/or materialism)
that's because there isn't one.
SustainableHappiness wrote:Anyways, the point is that YES, mental development is a key facet of SustainableHappiness (and ERE??), based on all the evidence we have seen showing that material/physical things do not consistently provide happiness, and redefining our relationship with death is in the vein of mental development is it not?
just because a focus on material/physical things doesn't guarantee sustainable happiness doesn't mean that mental things will. some basic mental development is probably necessary to be happy, just as some physical things are (water, shelter, food). brute believes that it's pretty much the exact same phenomenon, or distribution, as with material things.
what brute was getting at before, clearly, humans cannot take their mental/spiritual development with them, either. so brute would say that the statement "the only things helpful at time of death are mental/spiritual" is incorrect. for example, money and stuff can prevent death.
brute would accept that if a human is afraid of death, or unhappy about impending death, certain aspects of mental/spiritual development could help, for example acceptance. but so could certain material things, like morphine.
SustainableHappiness wrote:Much like practicing stoicism is applying the strength of mind versus the suffering inherent in nature?
stoicism is just pop-cynicism for the mainstream. brute is not impressed.