[Note: The pictured fossil is no April Fools joke. If you’d like to get a good laugh for April Fools Day, once, years ago before i retired, when i worked as a teacher for the multiply handicapped –on April Fools Day — i was putting a slice of pizza into the microwave at work. It was from a sack lunch that my wife, Marla, packed for me. It looked rather sad, for a pizza. I took it out of the aluminum foil wrap and put it on a paper plate and was putting it into the microwave; it looked stale or something! At the last second, before putting it into the microwave, i turned it upside down. It said “Mattel” on the bottom; it was plastic! The fries in the lunch were plastic! The broccoli was plastic! The chocolate in the lunch was plastic!]
Pristine perception takes place when the mind is not tarnished by the methodologies and forms that were manmade and injected into one over time. It is a timeless seeing that is spotless and fresh. Things that were poured into you (over time) by others are all of the past; as such, they — for the most part — are old, residual, and secondhand. A distorted mind does not see clearly; it is swayed by misinformation and tarnished contamination.
One may ask, “How am I to clean my mind to enable it to see clearly?” However, who is going to clean such a mind? Is the “cleaner” going to be something that is somehow magically different from what needs cleaning? Then there are those who say, “Well, I’ll meditate to make my mind still and empty.” Is meditation a mere result, a product (via effort) of a mind that is (itself) full of distortion and fallacies? Any such so-called meditation — fabricated by a distorted mind — will inevitably be an extension of that distortion, no matter how wonderful or relaxing it may feel. Most human brains are so wrapped up in the deception of a supposedly dominating “center” or “me” — a supposed “center” which intrinsically creates false separation and supposed control — that any action or inaction that is created generally extends the deception… and indifference and ignorance inevitably continues. (The old, distorted instrument cannot be fundamentally changed by perpetually clinging — even subtly — to the old, distorted mental misusages.)
Any movement or effort of a distorted mind clinging to information of the past limits it to what was poured into it by (constrained) sequential events in time. Distortion and psychological time exist together as one. Once adulthood is reached, insight, love, and profound intelligence are not a matter of psychological time. Physical and evolutionary time are another story.
How do you look at life? Is it seen through (or “with”) a screen of learned separation?
The photograph is of a proto-primate jaw (with a premolar and two molars). There is a good possibility that it is from what evolved into you and your family… or, at the very least, that it is your distant cousin. (Take a good look at great, great grandmother!) 🙂 The photograph is of a post-Purgatorius species that evolved from Purgatorius following the Cretaceous mass extinction. Mammals — after the mass extinction — began becoming larger, and this one is no exception. It is from the Fort Union Formation of Montana and is 62 to 63 million-years-old. The entire jaw is a little over 5 centimeters long (or 1.96 inches). The teeth are jet black due to millions of years of permineralization, wherein local minerals are permeated into the teeth. See the following for more information: http://www.paleocene-mammals.de/primates.htm