Ascending out of hell, we conclude where we began: as humans contemplating existence. Most significant to human life are the powers of intention, contemplation, and deliberate action. Rebirth as a God is dominated by attachment to tranquility and luxury, and rebirth in lower realms such as hungry ghosts or hell-beings is dominated by anguish and torture. Humans are in the middle of either pole of existences: we feel great contrast between pleasure and suffering within our lives, and so we may come to settle into Buddha’s middle path, in which we avoid extremes, and avoid attachment to all things impermanent.
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