Many of us feel that we are in the network of things, operating freely and doing what we choose to do according to our own individualistic preferences and whims. Few of us consider that it may be the other way around. Few of us consider the possibility that the vast majority of us are a projection of the system, an extension of the system. Most of us were inculcated by the system and, when we function and react, it is the system operating. That system, developed and maintained by man’s tradition, seems to give us much security and order. However, if that very system is largely based on fragmentation, separation, domination, and friction — which it is — then the security is fallacious… non-existent, or limited. Many of us accept — without question — that there are separate countries and separate individuals (these individuals each with their own separate ego). None of this may be truly separate, but the system has us perceive and react to accept that; then friction and wars (and suffering) go on and on.
We were taught that we are separate from our fears. We were taught that we are separate from “others.” We were taught that nature and man are (somehow) separate. Our “I”s, our “me”s, our separative countries and religions, may be essentially a projection of the system, where there is no real freedom whatsoever. Few of us step out of it (into a larger whole that is not merely absorbed). Most of us are content to remain in (and “as”) the system. We think it offers security and joy. However, look at the world around you and how people react in in it (and “as” it). There is overwhelming disorder in what is currently going on in (and “as”) society. We need to change. We need to change, not according to more ideas about how things “should be,” not by more political and religious differences, or according to the same old, traditional ways. Real wholeness, real integrity is beyond the system; however, few care to truly move beyond the system. It is like forever staying in a limited, rusty old cage (and thinking that you are joyous and free).