So, you want 'selective' elimination of cravings, right? Some cravings are useful and desirable, but others are not? I agree. But I dont see that as consistent with buddhism.
1)all life has suffering, 2)the source of all suffering is wanting, 3)the way to end suffering is to stop wanting,4)this path is how you stop wanting.
At the end of the path is enlightenment, which involves recognizing that it is the Self that wants, but the Self is an illusion.
Where in that path is there a place to stop and say, "wanting this is acceptable," and make an exception? I'm not quibbling. I suspect this is a flaw in my understanding and the answer may be trivial. This tradition wouldn't be followed for thousands of years if this was a real stumbling block.
For contrast, stoicism offers the opportunity for selective wanting. The algorithm there is:
Dont like it? Can you change it?
If Yes/Change It.
If No/ Change Self.
We were talking about animals that digest their own brains when they dont need them anymore in the Jordan Peterson thread. There are a few in nature, and the pattern reveals what brains are for: Effecting change on the environment in response to sensory information. IOW, brains are for action. Brains exist for :
suomalainen wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:30 pm
the persistent desire for things to be different from how they are.