“A Short History of the World” by H.G. Wells

Noted an interesting perspective on the creation of Buddhism around 600 B.C. “There were three principal forms that the craving for life took and they were all evil. The first was the desire of the appetites, greed and all forms of sensuousness, the second was desire for a personal and egotistic immortality, the third was craving for personal success, worldliness avarice and the like. All these forms of desire had to be overcome to escape from the distresses and chagrins of life. When they were overcome, when self had vanished altogether, then serenity of soul, Nirvana, the highest good was attained.”

A Short History of the World

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