How Do You See The World?

Is this your view,  one of beauty, simplicity and order?

 

Or is this you, entangled in the wire of the world’s chaos and ugliness?

 

 

Somedays, but not many, I find myself caught up for a few moments, perhaps even an hour, in the magic of the top photograph or something similar. The world seems non-threatening, a paradise. I feel part of a concerto of life and I love its simplicity, its grandeur. I feel the warmth of the sun, hear the birds singing, feel a gentle breeze and I am content.

Most days I find myself in the predicament of the man in the bottom photograph. I absorb each item of the news and each item seems to tangle with a myriad others and soon I am caught in a wire cage trying to make sense of the world that humans have created and I ask myself, “Why, why, why do they do what they do? Why are they so stupid? Why can’t they learn?”

Then I say to myself: “Why can’t you learn?”

I say sternly: “Changing the world is impossible, a fool’s errand!”

I say: “Focus on the lotus flower, see only the lotus flower, see that it wastes not a second of its life worrying about what happens beyond its pond. Learn from it, oh, intelligent being.”

Friends, abandon the world and live for the special moments! It’s all you have and it’s all you’ll get.

5 thoughts on “How Do You See The World?

  1. Gotta have some fun David.

    Like the many, I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed by truth and how messed up one can become whilst attempting to join the dots within the chaos movements. How does a person of reason make sense of events do defy reason and remain half sane?

    For my self a few hours snorkeling the south oz local york peninsula reefs shifts focus from rage to that of pure wonder. Sea critters can sense aggression. That a group of squid pay me no attention these days when doing their social light display gathering is a humbling feeling. For the three hours at a time I drift about below sea level I do completely disconnect with all thoughts of the human world.

    A more recent addition to my sanity retention program is a 1995 900 daytona triumph. My last triumph was a 1962 650 kidney buster so as you can imagine I’m having a lot of fun learning how to ride the 900. Had been over a decade since I last rode with friends who have been harassing me to get another bike for some years. Long rides are the go, where we end up just doesn’t matter. Do have many a friendly conversation with locals we meet along the way to.

    Good friends are gold as is reminding yourself of the things you used to do that were just good fun did no one any harm.

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  2. The lotus flower has been a recurring theme when I have painted pictures. It arises out of the blackness of mud, connected by one long strand, it reaches the sunlight in all its beauty and its leaves give shelter to frogs and others. I have always loved the lotus and all it represents since I was a child and my mother raised me Hindu. Lotus flowers are a common item of reflection and beauty in the Temple. I think it represents something spiritual to admire and aim for. How to emerge from darkness, intact and full of beauty.

    Which brings me to the second picture: The toil of the World. I think it is easy to feel that way in these times of problems facing humanity. I don’t know why I don’t care because maybe I have caught on to that is the point of all the bad news to make a person feel trapped and not know what to do. I listen to the news now as if it were somebody’s agenda. It may not make sense to me, but it makes perfect sense to somebody – probably the same somebody that is causing the problems to start with. I feel more dignity. Like I am not somebody’s fool.

    The “Murdochs” who own all the news sources have an agenda. I can have compassion for those suffering, but not fall for the “cause.”

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  3. Gryph and Sierra, your comments add to the list of things people can do to survive this crazy world. I love snorkeling too and it is blissful, just swimming along and diving down. It’s like flying in an unreal world of silence and incredible beauty.

    Periodically divorcing yourself from the world’s problems is essential for one’s well-being. Meditation or engaging in enjoyable activities is essential.

    And laughing. There’s no better medicine!

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