It is very easy to come to conclusions about things. Some things that many come to conclusions about seem like cut-and-dried facts that can be taken for granted. Often we come to conclusions about the behavior of others… when, however — over time — they have changed far from what we have “concluded.” In past postings, one has often written about transcending or dissolving the central “me” or “I.” Some people, no doubt, have concluded that doing so is foolish or even very dangerous. Many cling to that fabricated image of self and are terrified and very frightened about letting it go. It is very likely that their love of the absolute truth is likely not nearly as strong as the love and attachment to that image. Really perceiving — not merely intellectually — the falsity and delusion that a supposed central psychological controller inherently consists of, we maintain, is neither foolish nor dangerous. On the contrary, it helps eradicate the very root of conflict that causes so much indifference, neglect, and hatred in the world of man. Perception beyond such a fallacious center does not, as many might presume, tend to negate eternity for us. On the contrary, it may be that the eternal can more readily be perceived and appreciated once the supposed central “me” or “I” is truly transcended.
One read a post by someone, recently, that matter-of-factly pointed out that everything is temporary and that we all must die and come to a complete end. Coming to a complete end is, so they say, coming to a conclusion. Many people, while they are alive, come to conclusions — about many things — without ever having deeply and independently inquired. They absorb what was poured into them by others… and from there they — as self-appointed experts — spew out more and more myopic conclusions. However, we may presently live in a very primitive and crass world culture and a lot of what the so-called educators say may be utter rubbish. If, as most do, you fall into the standard or common lines of thinking (about things)… then it may be that you are making a grave mistake and are fundamentally making very deleterious decisions with (and “as”) the essence of your life. As one has stated before in some of my previous postings, some of the world’s top-notch scientists have said that reality is likely far different, in its fundamental nature, from what many of us have thought or suspected. Indeed!
Question everything that people tell you and everything that i say. Go beyond all the standard ways of looking at things and looking at the world. Perceive without looking through the screen of perception that others have built for you to look through (and “with”). Then, if you are very lucky, you will go beyond most of the fundamental conclusions; and then eternity will not merely be a representational symbol as part of your brain; then your essence will never come to any final conclusion.
Truth in life continuously evolves, constant reflections is a wise resolve.
Or maybe the most significant truth has nothing to do with psychological evolution. It may have little or nothing to do with constant reflections. 🙂
Reflection doesn’t only pertain to psychology, it assist to maintain a conscious awareness. Acceptance is the best solution.
Well, what i am writing about has little to do with acceptance. People are often conditioned to accept just about anything! For example, just look at some of the corrupt political so-called leaders that many accept without question!
I like your last line particularly. That is what I think.
And I like how Nature is reclaiming the bench 🙂
Thanks, Scifi… and good!
Yes, it’s great that Nature is reclaiming the bench! Good for Mother Nature! 🙂
many people… — without ever having deeply and independently inquired. Way too many… Thank you, Tom!!
Thanks, Amy! So nice of you to put photos of the Harvey flooding to help people be involved. 🙂
You make us reflect with your writings! Beautiful picture Tom ! 🙂
Thank you, Marcela! I sure hope so! And we all need to go beyond reflections and deeply perceive on our own. Keep that camera busy! 🙂
We hope so! 🙂
This is true enlightenment that you talk about, wisdom that transcends all thought.
I wonder why people prefer to just remain at the lowest level of existence where only the mundane way of thinking matters.
Its important that people exercise Mindfulness and live from moment to moment in an awakened fashion.
Thanks for your compassionate post.
Your post is a koan.