Many people in this very rotten society, these days, have aloofness. Most, unfortunately, are caught up in the superficiality of things. They are impressed by pseudo-realities and they seek power that really isn’t power. They seek exciting things and places (the more far off and “exotic,” the better). Can jaded minds, secondhand minds, no matter how much they earn, no matter how far off they travel, no matter how huge a home they can acquire, find lasting joy and profundity? Many seek happiness by reaching outwardly. Is real harmony and bliss what can be obtained by effort outwardly, or is it what must take place because of inner order and wisdom?
Aloofness often involves a separation, a lack of awareness or concern. Indifference requires separation, distance, walls of space. A mind of indifference is a compartmentalized mind. Such a mind may be good at certain mechanical, computer-like things but is often duplicitous to itself. Such a mind has accepted fallacies and misrepresentations about a separate self, an isolated center. It operates in piecemeal ways and it depends upon piecemeal systems.
A sapient mind is not duplicitous to itself. Its timeless profundities exist beyond any false center or fraudulent effort from such a center. It naturally helps others while not merely seeing them as “others” at a distance of separation. It is of compassion and does not turn its back on others (including other species). It reaches out, not merely to get. Beyond piecemeal ways, it operates from a wholeness that is beyond demarcations and borders. It is global, not national. Without physically moving far whatsoever, it goes way beyond the ordinary, way beyond what is thought of as possible… yet it is never stagnant. It sees the false as the false and it flowers beyond the antiquated known.
Of the two aforementioned minds, one is always reacting, always shuffling around as the shadows of the learned, dead past… and it often exists in a melancholy way; it is always calculating to enhance its phony center. The other of the two goes beyond secondhand shadows, beyond the rotten edicts/proclamations of society, beyond the suffering that an isolated self intrinsically manifests as. One of the two is far beyond what description is capable of. One of the two is imprisoned in (and “as”) ordinary falsehoods. Most will not be very interested to go beyond the type of mind that they already are; indifference has a lot to do with it.
[Note: The photograph is a close-up of Lichen in its symbiotic relationship involving a combination of primitive fungus with algae. This Lichen was growing on a small Oak tree branch. One suspects that the recent discoveries that trees and other plants communicate with (and share food sources with) fungal mushrooms are related to this — more primitive– symbiotic relationship. Life has very interesting things going on all around us!]