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The essential fetter is: I put my hand on the stove and it burns. I keep putting my hand on the stove and burning, and I believe that when I become enlightened I can put my hand on the stove and it won't burn. 

"I shall give you what no eye has seen, and what no ear has heard, and what no hand has touched, and what has never entered into the human heart. "-Jesus (Gospel of Thomas)

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I think it's really the reoccurring pattern of believing in a future and self and that this moment/self will be different/ better at some time. Reaching enlightenment certainly does sound more appealing and real than simply being like "fuck all of this life" and not doing anything with your life

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