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"An End To Suffering - intro"
The Abolitionist Project
This is a 45 second introduction from one of the most enjoyable and challenging lectures I have heard this year. The topic is the abolishment of suffering (the abolition project), and the speaker is philosopher David Pearce.
The whole talk was about 30 minutes (can be downloaded here), and was so full of new and worthwhile ideas that I don’t think I want to pack them all into one post. For now, I thought I would provide this introduction, and say some things I liked about the lecture in general:
I remember being told a little story to illustrate the virtue of Wisdom:
In response to sore feet, a human could respond by paving the ground wherever he/she is intending to walk. On the other hand, it might be wiser simply to cover one’s own feet.
This message and Pearce’s feel similar: we want to change the world to stop human suffering. Pearce suggests that we might instead change ourselves.