Physically, there may be a bridge to a better future. One can eat more healthfully, exercise more, and do things to improve the environment, including building wonderful bridges. Internally (i.e., psychologically), is there really a bridge, and who is going to cross that bridge? Is the bridge different from what one is?
Is the “experiencer” really something separate from the experience? If there were no experiences, what would the “experiencer” be? So many of us, like infantile children, want more and more pleasurable experiences. Can there be moments when a sagacious mind exists without merely depending upon experience after experience?
If anger takes place, can it be looked non-fragmentarily — without manufacturing separate ideals — so as to be fully aware of it (without separative space and time)? Can there be moments when the mind (without excuses) fully sees what it is directly and with full awareness, without concocting notions of something different (that requires space and time to achieve)? If cruelty exists, and ideals manifest of “someday not being cruel,” is the non-cruelty an actuality or is it a mere abstraction (or escape) that depends upon fabricated psychological time?… and may it be that fabricated time (with its space) fails to see cruelty instantly and fully for what it really is? Is the thinker really something separate from thought, or are they one and the same? Is psychological time often an escape depending upon fragmentation, fabricated space, a mentally fabricated separate “I”… and, also, a postponement?
These questions are here for you to ask yourself; they do not exist for you to reply here with any answers.
from Emily Dickinson:
There are two Mays
And then a Must
And after that a Shall.
How infinite the compromise
That indicates I will!
What a stunning dragonfly. And an incredible photo.
Questions always more appealing (engaging) than answers meant to stifle further questions … Here’s another question triggered by yours: Is cruelty but observer’s perception if the instigator is not deliberately intending to hurt the victim?
(Note: certain roles carry a responsibility to attune to consequences of actions dictated – ignorance is no excuse; but perhaps “cruelty” is not the correct descriptor, only side effect.)
The hard part is to start! I do not need to exercise more, I need to START exercising and eat healthier. This is the hard part. As I feel now is the most difficult, even riding my bike that I love to do when I have my camera with me.
Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being.
Sadly it is too easy to pull a Scarlet O’Hara and say “Oh Fiddle-dee-dee, I’ll think about it tomorrow” … life goes by so swiftly, too swiftly sometimes. I like Emily Dickinson and I like that damselfly. I saw a dragonfly or damselfly today while walking. I was at a different park and saw several of them. They did not alight, so no picture, but what a treat as they zipped past me. There were many flowers in this park, perhaps that was why.
not only to ask but to answer?
Cool shot, Tom. They seem like little machines sometimes.
Love Emily Dickinson!