There are two mindsets we take as human beings every day. There are actions which benefit the immediate physical self. Such things such as absurd sexual relief, indulgent eating, experiencing the meta-real (virtual reality/video games) and thus pro-longed detachment from the real — all of these things isolate us from the reality outside of ourselves. The second mindset is that which benefits the long-term self. It is this side which benefits the perception of how one will be seen outside of one’s individual bubble of self-stimulation. However, to dedicate one’s self to more noble “ethereal”/spiritual purposes is to deny life and to dedicate one’s self to more tangible “immediate now” physicality is to self-indulge.
At the crosswords of these choices is that of pre-choice. At this point is that of contemplated decision and where we are very much aware of both roads, but choose to take either the left or the right. The one thing these roads have in common with one another is that when both are pursued long enough both lead to isolation. If one lingers at the foreground, feels the sexual pulsating feeling of lingering pleasure and the mentally enlightening rush of absolute knowledge, but pursues neither, one experiences the place where they know themselves the most. The longer you delay the decision, the closer you find yourself at home.
It is in this in-between place of indecision that we find our personal enlightenment, nirvana, “God”, as this is where all potential exists but none has been taken. It is an open road in all directions. Spend some time in this place every day and realize that this is where all decisions stem from which very directly affect the course of both the left and the right path. We can choose either path — business or pleasure — but if we take the right path down the road, the further and further removed from the left road we become. Choices are permanent once made and paths and roads which we walk upon carry us to very real homes of decision. We can move, however, whenever we like and place ourselves back at the root point of the short-term and long-term and, if desired, simply float there and contemplate our choice. It is in this contemplation which we find the deepest peace.
Falling back into disarray
During contemplation (and after ‘finding our center’) the most appealing thing to us is being lured OUT of the contemplation. Whatever drives us out of this state, the fastest, is what turns us on the most and thus we pursue these decisions with no hesitation. In our delighted success of finally finding “purpose” we live in leisure and at ease with our decisions. All uncertainties are answered and we feel alive — on top of the world. This is of course until something from beneath (within the actual world) pulls us back down to remind us that something is not quite consistent with our “we have found our purpose” notion. At our own clumsiness, we fall once more into the cycle. The pursual for the escape eventually becomes the norm with no additional realization gained and once more we find ourselves at a loss, out of balance and in need of some serious decision. The cycle perpetuates…