Many of us go through life regurgitating what was spoon fed to us throughout our youth. Many of us function and perceive in the ways that we were taught… and, therefore, what we perceive and think is tainted with (and “as”) the dusty past. Many of us, even when we are encouraged to go beyond all that — in order to, perhaps, see things freshly and anew — tend to just momentarily see the importance of it… but then go on with our lives in the same old ways. (Which means we never really observed the deep importance of it whatsoever.)
So many of us were so painstakingly drilled (and filled) with the separative systems and symbols of the past… that we tend to habitually cling to them and repeatedly depend on them. Many of us rarely, if ever, are truly silent and beyond being the absorbed symbols by which we perceive and think. Many of us are constantly relying on and calculating with (and “as”) these symbols; the very way we perceive things in the world is dictated by what these symbols are constituted of. We perceive through — and “as” — these symbols. These symbols have an inherent distance and line of demarcation to them. They inevitably tend to be fractional, piecemeal icons. However, thoughts and mentally absorbed symbols/images, no matter how substantial they may seem to be, are almost always mere partial tokens that are mere representational patterns. Many of us are slaves to these mere representational symbols. Look at how so many so-called young people constantly are texting to each other. Instead of enjoying the integrity and wholeness of a moment… they are constantly electronically writing about it to others (all the while conveying with dead words about what could have been a living, joyful occurrence).
There is a good chance that the only true depth and the only real living (in this life) is what takes place beyond mere symbols, beyond the second-handedness (and virtual reality) that symbols reinforce and foster. What is superficial will not, however, seriously see the need for transcending all of the symbols and images that people cling to. What is immersed in superficiality, unfortunately, will not likely truly see the need for going beyond it.