Magnus Anderson wrote:You won't be free of pain for the simple reason that noone has total control over the universe.
Pain is an unwanted consequence. It's what happens but what we never want to happen.
To tolerate pain, for example, does not mean to feel pain. It means to be comfortable with what used to be uncomfortable.
You mean, acceptance of pain.
Magnus Anderson wrote:When I put my hand in a tub full of hot water my aim isn't to feel pain -- what would be the point of that? -- but to make sure that I do not pull my hand out of it. In order to do so, I must desensitize myself, which is to say, I must switch off impulses that are unnecessary, that distract from what I want to do. This process makes the experience, not more uncomfortable, but less.
So you're talking about desensitzation to pain by acceptance. This is a real phenomenon. Acceptance of pain can have the effect of lessening the pain, at least psychologically, and maybe even physically.
So can listening to the voice of your conscience. The discomfort of doing what's right can be much less than it would if you were forced to do it. However, the most comfortable thing to do can often be to ignore your conscience--even if you have to endure the guilt, that pain can be less than the sacrifice you'd have to make if you followed through with your conscience.
Magnus Anderson wrote:Conscience is not about discomfort, I would agree with James, but what is often referred to as "intuitive right and wrong" is.
I don't understand the difference. In what sense is intuitive right and wrong about causing greater discomfort to one's self whereas conscience, in the same situation, would be about lessening discomfort (through desensitization <-- I presume that's what you're talking about).