Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Like Salt

If we don't stretch this example too far, it is fascinating to note how we all perfectly balance salt, so effortlessly and naturally - once we have found how much we like, we'll want no more and no less. This balance seems to fail with everything else, surprisingly, even water. One of the ancient ayurvedic declaration, "Eat with hungry, drink when thirsty" sounds rather strange till you start noticing that we tend to eat sugar when thirsty. We cry when sleepy but hold on to being awake (hopefully just as babies); we hoard when we really need to share and we rarely seem to know when to say enough. We make ourselves and the world miserable by having just the wrong-est ideas possible.

We act in ways so strange that they seem to not make much any sense in the environment we are living in. For example, we tend to listen to people wearing a uniform* more unquestioningly and can be made to do useless cruel, inhumane actions that would have been unimaginable, if only they weren't true. We justify and continue on our woeful journeys because we simply cannot handle being wrong^. Is evolution the reason we live in a world we dont really live in? Are we still living in a jungle, even tho we have escaped it? Which means that, in essence, we are living in a wonderland nightmare because the we dont see the world as it is, and it doesn't react the way we assume it will?  
And what about love? The above outpouring was because I watched a documentary yesterday that showed how needless cruelty can even be amusing to some of us - if that doesn't shake your confidence in the world, can you please email me, call me, come to my place for dinner and tell me how? Because deep in my heart I will believe you, it is more pervasive this love and warmth we share - but harm and hurt, like bad weather, act fast and brings undone a lot of work of patient peace. But let's not end on this ambiguity of what we see and what is, that maybe we never mean harm that we end up causing, and most of us end up living rather decent lives after all (which might or might not be true) - let me end on hope of a place far away that Rumi talks about,
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about."
maybe if we lived here and now, we'd all be in that world... after all he does say,
"Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion."

*Milgrim Experiment
^Mistakes were made but not by me

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