Kleśas and compassion
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The extirpation of desires is not an immediately and universally attractive state to strive for. Even if there are ultimately no selves, even if all suff ers, withdrawal of care may seem an uninspiring ideal to adopt in the light of that – and what else could ‘detachment’ be than this? What else does the Buddha mean, when he exhorts us to give up all forms of clinging? If suff ering is rooted in desire, attachment and aversion, so that we must ‘cut off ’ these roots if we are to end suff ering, then it may seem that the game isn’t worth the candle – or that the life one is left with (dispassionate, detached, desireless) is just the best of a bad job.