Looking is easy. Anyone can (and anyone does) do just that. They can easily look at separate things…. things at a distance. But seeing is another matter. Seeing — real seeing — involves perception beyond all of that separation that you genetically inherited over eons of time (i.e., generations of experiences) or obtained from storing what was personally learned; it exists beyond what was gathered from accumulated learning. Seeing is not from accumulation; it surpasses and is phenomenally much more than what mere accumulation can offer. Most people look at what they were taught to recognize. Seeing cuts through barriers, surpassing them. Seeing puts the unfeeling, obtuse notion of “me” separate from “everything else” aside. But a lot of people are afraid to feel. They don’t have the courage or the moxie to feel. Real perception melts away the self and allows compassion to flower (beyond a dead consciousness). Real living involves real seeing… real perception.
Looking is easy. People, who merely look, throw bombs. Real perception — instead — is deeply compassionate.
Don’t be just anyone.
Silver-Spotted Skipper with extending proboscis … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
True wisdom has great wholeness, expanse, and vastness; indifference is of limitation and is confined.
Often dying psychologically to “thinking” is alive, harmless, and highly intelligent. Constantly reacting as mere symbolic thoughts is cadaverous.
Ignorance often does not recognize its own ignorance. Wisdom often goes unnoticed and unappreciated by those who have little wisdom.
Nonsensical behavior often makes excuses. Behavior that is prudent is honest and compassionate.
Many need to make-believe about some heaven or magical domain in the future (that was fabricated by make-believers); escaping what “actually is” is ignorance. (The aforementioned words are not at all meant to deny true eternity or sacredness.)
Wisdom naturally goes beyond superficial values and superficial behaviors.
Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly Up Close … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
Squeak and Meek each went to take a peek
and what they saw was delectably ever so sleek
It buttery flowed meltedly through slippery slopes
and was spattered in sections beyond blind people’s hopes
Roly and Poly barrelled into town
they joined the loud circus and smiley jolly clown
They circled around the rainbowed ice cream shop
and drove to the intersection then came to a stop
Itchy and Stichy yelled into a huge microphone
and no one heard them since no one was home
And the tree in the forest down with a loud crashing sound
while the universe sure heard it because the universe was around
Skipper and Scatter burst onto the scene
to become part of this skinny poem and the pickings are lean
What do you expect at this hungry time of day
like some scrumptious corn on the cob in a splendid flowery kind of way?
Silver-spotted Skipper (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017
Silver-spotted Skipper (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017
All true wise men have a propensity to understand the whole.
[Silver-Spotted Skippers are distinguished from true butterflies by the antennae, which are wider apart at the base and end in pointed, curved clubs. Silver-Spotted Skippers — and all Skippers — are so named for their erratic, skipping flight.]
Silver-Spotted Skipper with its curled proboscis. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Really… happiness is an inside job!
[This butterfly is a Silver-spotted Skipper. Skippers have some characteristics of both butterflies and moths. They tend to have large, rather stocky heads, thick-oriented bodies, and relatively short wings, spanning up to 2 inches. The antenna are set far apart on the head and end in a curved hook. Adults love to sip nectar (as this one can be seen doing with its long proboscis.]
Like a moth to a candle! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
. Let’s look — for the next few days — not as how society taught us… but without separation, distance, and conflict.
Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly… by Thomas Peace 2013