I am following the eightfold path because I think it is the best way to help myself and others and make the world a slightly better place. The unexcelled sublime state of peace, total peace of mind, sounds pretty awesome if you ask me. I suppose it began with the classic philosophical question: What is the good life? From there I came to feel that following the eightfold path would allow me to live the good life and achieve a peace of mind that cannot be found by any other means.
Out of the goals of eudaimonia, ataraxia, apatheia, and nibbana, the last sounded like the best although they're all related in some ways.
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"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."