I have been thinking a lot about sociopaths and the criminally insane lately which branched off into me considering is what their doing wrong? (i.e. murdering, raping, lying) or is it only wrong to those who believe it is? For instance, someone could think it is wrong to cheat on a test, or even another person because, let's say they use the money they receive to take that class to support themselves and their grades are slipping, if they do not pass this class, they're out of those funds, and therefore out on the street with no alternate means to support them self. Does that make them any more or less wrong than someone who kills for pleasure? People do things out of self interest, basically they do what they do because they want to and can some way justify it to themselves, and sometimes even to others. It's like saying eating meat is wrong. It is all a matter of opinion, an individuals' point of view.
Four Noble Truths
Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness in one way or another.
Suffering is caused by craving or attachments to worldly pleasures of all kinds. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness.
Suffering ends when craving ends, when one is freed from desire. This is achieved by eliminating all delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment.
Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by *"a teacher"* (the Buddha).
Noble Eightfold Path
Viewing reality as it is, not just as it appears to be.
Intention of renunciation, freedom and harmlessness.
Speaking in a truthful and non hurtful way.
Acting in a non harmful way.
A non harmful livelihood.
Making an effort to improve.
Awareness to see things for what they are with clear consciousness, being aware of the present reality within oneself, without any craving or aversion.
Correct meditation or concentration, explained as the first 4.