But our thought is. Likewise our perception of ourselves and everything around us.
That´s the main problem of thinking basically: I choose “this”, on the expense of “that”.
We can´t imagine that a thing is both “this and that”…
Our choice is uncritically taken as the only valid assumption. Meaning that we inertially take our deliberate option as “The Thing”. It is clear that whatever we observe is biased by our ingrained one-sidedness.
Either you are a scientist, or a poet. To be a poet and a scientist doesn´t make you a reliable professional.
If I as a musician paint, compose or write and have scientific interests besides, turns me automatically into a suspicious character.
Stupidity consists of many things, but in this context, stupidity is always one-sided.
In fact, the beginning of stupidity is to be found in the shameless presumption of “either-or”. Either down or up. Stay or go. Christian or Buddhist. The list can continue interminably…
Truth of the matter is that we are irrevocably stuck in either-or and neither-nor.
In vapid concepts. Language too, may be our curse.
Most assuredly, an apple is not a pear, of course, a man is not a woman.
The problem is that thinking suspends the Natural Unity of Life – it sees the apple totally separated from the pear, the child from the “grown-up”, the woman from man.
With other words, another insidious side of stupidity is to be stuck in category-thinking. Further on – and this is the most scary characteristic for most people:
STUPIDITY SEES NO RELATION BETWEEN THINGS.
This falling short of seeing things in intrinsic relation is appalling. It is actually our doom.
SEEING THINGS DISTINCTIVELY SEPARATED IS PURE INSANITY.
We are supposed to mount but not descend, win and never lose, act obsessively without relaxing, go away but never come back.
The worst outcome of this delirious misconception is Progress – as in economic growth.
Growth can also mean tumor. Isn´it obvious? – We have totally bought ourselves into maintaining and fueling disease. Everybody with common sense sees the relation between economic growth and sickness – growth as a rampant bloating of fragmentation and disunity.
“Day-living” is our only zany answer. Night – as a metaphor for Mystery and Unknowing, the zone where our definitions are invalid – scares us. Too spooky. Too uncontrollable.
This stupid idea of separateness has turned our life into an unbearable and absurd wasteland. In the absence of the Ineffable – the Wholeness of Being – and due to becoming explicitly rational, human relations have been ruined: man has become woman´s worst foe, and woman man´s worst nightmare.
Not being able to relax and come back to themselves, people live in total agony. Not being IN RELATION to anything, they cut themselves off from any reasonable living.
Lonely wretched strangers going nowhere.
Everything falls back to a wrong perception of Life.
Namely, THE ONE-SIDEDNESS OF THOUGHT, which breeds Separation, Fragmentation and Lack of Relation.
Fragmentation is the sickness of the Soul.
The enormously stupid and baleful assumption that Life is Separation is our death sentence.
There is not much of an option. We have to renounce this disastrous delusion and heal, embracing Wholeness.
Unless and until a man embarks upon this quest of the true self, doubt and uncertainty will follow his footsteps throughout life. The greatest kings and statesmen try to rule others, when in their heart of hearts they know that they cannot rule themselves. Yet the greatest power is at the command of the man who has penetrated to his inmost depth.
There are men of giant intellects who spend their lives gathering knowledge about many things. Ask these men if they have solved the mystery of man, if they have conquered themselves, and they will hang their heads in shame. What is the use of knowing about everything else when you do not yet know who you are? Men avoid this enquiry into the true self, but what else is there so worthy to be undertaken?
– Ramana Maharshi speaking in “A Search In Secret India” by Paul Brunton
Punishment and retribution – this entrenched conditioning is what people
take for life.
Consequently what is easily given is not taken seriously, it is hardly accepted. If you don´t believe me, ask what women think of men who give themselves too easily…
That is so, most humans suppose they always have to fight, to strife; indeed to break their necks in order to reach a valuable result is the thing.
Twisted and paradoxical human nature:
The worse the fight, the more desirable the outcome…
Ask me, I´ve been there: it is really counterproductive to be all too nice and gracious with people – as they think you are an easy catch and thus might not appreciate you. In fact, they most likely will disregard you, taking you for a fool.
So don´t sell yourself too cheaply, put a high price on yourself and give moderately. Above all, don´t forget to punish them, otherwise they won´t endorse you. 😉