A Cracking Victory?

cracked-glassWhen the global economy crashed nearly ten years ago, the first response of the people in charge was to act, hastily, to create the illusion that it hadn’t happened.

From a situation where there was no money left in the ATM’s (it was pretty close), impossibly large amounts of money were manifested, out of nowhere, so that everything could go on as before.  Yes, huge job losses, yes greater suffering, yes fewer opportunities.  But all that must have been deemed a price worth paying (by whom…) if it meant things would carry on as normally as they possibly could.

The problem was that it was not true, and this year the cracks have really started to show.

When an illusion is in power in a human dynamic, everyone trying to function within that dynamic is forced into a weird, contorted position in order to operate.  Ignoring reality and engaging with the illusion is painful, draining and ultimately sickening.  It leads to wasted, misspent time, wasted misspent energy and wasted misspent lives.  How long that situation can endure varies, but, in the end the illusion cannot prevail and reality breaks through.  Always, sooner or later. Continue reading

Non-duality (in a nutshell…)

yin-and-yangNon-duality is big business right now.  It seems to be the spiritual doodah du jour.

Talks, seminars, courses, all focused on trying to get you to see that you don’t really exist.  Neither does the person giving the talk, nor the room everyone’s in, nor anything at all.  It’s all an illusion, from which you can awaken to the truth, that there is no self, no other, no nothing.

That’s a whole lot of stuff that doesn’t really exist, isn’t it?  I smell a pseudo-Buddhist rat.

The fundamental error the non-dualists make – the ones I’ve come across at any rate –  is to reject the subject/object divide, dualism, on the grounds that it is an illusion.  It may well be an illusion and, if it is, it is a really good one.  Of course the idea that there is no other can be quickly dispelled by a sharp smack on the head.  Illusion or reality, no matter – what’s important is that it is not the whole story. Continue reading