“Save your sympathy
Who do you think you're fooling?
Everything is dead!”
~Lostprophets - A Town Called Hypocrisy
Here we are, once again. Another moment in the eternal wheel of perpetual birth and death. Isn't this lovely? Where exactly are we, you might ask? Well, in the hell realm of the psychotic Demi-urge, of course! There's no escape.
On a more positive note...
Isn't it nice that we're stuck here forever? Isn't it nice that everything that has been put together eventually falls apart? Isn't awesome that we're all going to die?
Entropy is the inevitable outcome of causality. The second law of thermodynamics states that an isolated system's entropy never decreases.
And that... is fucking awesome!
The Universe is a closed system, ruled by cause and effect, which reverberates back and forth forever like an echo. We are quarantined from the nothingness that gave birth to us, by our very nature. You can't both exist and not exist at the same time. You can't be both limited and infinite.
What do I mean?
I'm glad you asked! The reason why the old-time religions promoted things like asceticism (and fasting), and to deny the fleshly desires, is because all phenomena are ultimately unreal. Everything is dead!
It's not about right and wrong. That's a misunderstanding.
It's about pragmatism. It's about what works and what doesn't. That's all.
It's not about denying that we have desires, or trying to remove them. It's about understanding where they come from, how and why they arise.
All phenomena are unreal. Not just the material ones, but also the emotional and mental apparitions. The Universe is a haunted house, full of ghosts, and we are them.
Buddhism teaches that freedom is attained by freeing oneself from attachments, because they are the cause of suffering. Another word for attachment is desire, and another word for that is urge, like the Demi-urge. See what I did there? Naturally, we feel limited by our human form, and by our minds. This is because we identify with these fleeting phenomena, because that's all that they are.
The only constant in life is change.
Everything that we actually experience in any given moment can be summarized by: sense perceptions, emotions and thoughts. There's nothing else to experience. This is true no matter if we're talking about the dream state or the waking state of everyday life.
There is a common thinking error in spiritual circles, that promote the Law of Attraction. And that is that the world is a reflection of us, and that we create it with our minds. This is a half-truth. Okay?
The whole truth is that everything depends on everything else. Yes, everything is a reflection no matter from what angle you look at it. But, where does the reflection start? Within us, or outside of us? Do we create reality, or does reality create us? Neither of these statements and viewpoints are true.
Existence is like two mirrors facing each other, with light trapped in-between, the light of awareness.
Everything arises interdependently. Everything arises together. There is no place that we can point to and say: "That's where it starts!"
There is no human who actually has more power than anyone else. That's the illusion.
The scary truth is that none of us have any power, but we simply are what we have to be, and we do what we have to do, at any given moment. As individuals this will always be the case. However, the whole is another story. Our true identity is the all, the unchanging emptiness and observer behind everything.
The illusion is caused by attachment, by the fact that we're attached to our body and mind. Because we have this erroneous viewpoint, we perceive everything incorrectly. We don't see things as they are, but as we are.
When we are attached to our mind, it becomes like a veil of numbness and mental fog, and the end result is that we can't perceive the present moment with clarity.
The way to shatter this illusion is to fully realize that we're part of a life continuum, that has no beginning or end. There are no actual separate entities in the Universe. Our mind creates the illusion of us being individuals with free will, but if we want to see the truth we have to look past this veil.
Are your emotions yours? Are your thoughts yours? How can you know for sure? You have the experience of phenomena arising in your mind, but do you choose which phenomenon arises and when it should arise? You simply don't.
Your inner experience, your mind, is caused by chemicals and electricity in your body. In turn, the physical matter that your body consists of has prior causes.
If you understand causality, as a physical law of nature, you will understand the whole Universe. Phenomena arise because they are inevitable. Everything has a prior cause, and the effect must follow. Your birth happened because it was inevitable. Your life is inevitable. Your death is inevitable.
This is what karma means. It has nothing to do with right and wrong, good or evil.
It's about understanding the world that we live in, and from understanding it we gain compassion.
Human existence is a game of psychological projection, where each individual is trying to bully the others, in order to gain power. Since this game is based on the mind, the original misconception is that there's not enough room for everyone. It's a thinking error that's based on lack. It's an eternal war that can never be won. There are only losers in this game.
There is no freedom in the mind. It's a prison, and every so-called "individual" who believes in and is attached to the mind, is a part of the problem of increasing human suffering. Victims create more victims.
We're all in the same boat. We're stuck here forever. Let's forgive the Universe for being what it is, and make the best of it.
Thank you, for reading.