One person smokes a cigarette and finds pleasure in it. Another person detests it. One lady divorces her husband. Another craves for and marries the same man. Therefore, pleasure and pain are not inherent in objects and beings of the world. It is how you relate to them.
The root cause of suffering is that people do not look within. They hardly investigate the truth of life nor exercise their own judgment. They rely on outside forces to do their thinking. And they function predominantly on blind faith and mechanical ritual. This is spiritual suicide.
Desire for anything increases with restriction and prohibition.
If you cannot manage yourself you cannot manage anything around you.
Swami Parthasarathy of Vedanta Cultural Foundation