In photography, we want our cameras to be in good condition, with clear lenses that are not sullied with any debris or greasy smears. If the lens of the camera is opaque or grimy, we take care of it immediately.
What about consciousness? To be of keen understanding and discerning, holistic perception, the mind must be clear and untainted. Distortion doesn’t perceive things for what they truly are; therefore, it is prudent to care to observe without twisted or tainted patterns or values. A clear lens is a simple thing, even with complex, digital photography. A clear lens is not burdened with a lot of fabricated symbols, onerous images, or profuse patterns; it is simple and pure. The mind can be like that if it is lucky; but not if it is contaminated with the parameters and limitations that society implanted upon it. Indeed, our rote structures of rather mechanical and/or separative observation (that we have learned and blindly accepted), including our so-called separative countries, political groups, religions, hypnotic (mat-sitting) techniques erroneously called meditation, and that so-called separate “internal controller, called ‘I’,” are all, whether we like it or not, contributing factors toward limited and contaminated perception. Most of our mind-lenses are more than cloudy, yet we think we see just fine.
Only an inner lens untouched by man can be of the purity to transcend distortion.