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Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others…but you are still distinct from it. You may even criticize it in yourself and wish you could stop it. But there may come a day when you can no longer. Then there will be no you left to criticize the mood or even to enjoy it, but just the grumble itself, going on forever like a machine. It is not a question of God ‘sending us’ to hell. In each of us there is something growing, which will BE Hell unless it is nipped in the bud.

— C.S. Lewis (via)  <link>

Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.

— Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture  <link>

The Complaining Pattern in the Mind

Every time you complain, you strengthen a little bit of the form identity of me, the complainer, the thought form, the reaction. Your egoic [sense of self] inflates a little bit though the complaint.

Every complaint means you are right, and what you are complaining about is wrong—the situation, the person, the place. You are superior to that which you are complaining about. That is the illusion of how the self-entity inflates continually itself through that. It never lasts for long and then it needs something else. … The self-importance grows through every complaint, the imagined superiority of me as compared to that which I am complaining about.

— Eckhart Tolle, Through the Open Door  <link>