One is often indecisive. It takes great energy to see this fact from moment to moment, even when most content. Always has. But this energy is available when one negates life in the psychological or spiritual sense. The chief cognitive distortions like labeling oneself a loser or condemning in a hundred different ways, must be watched like twin poisonous snakes. They are that dangerous. But how to avoid this danger?
Chiefly, it is in the psychological realm in which my focus lies. The business of life is essentially sorrowful. This is not withstanding various joys and pleasures that occur. My point is that, aside from the necessary, which includes survival and security, and all the affairs of this world, one must realize the truth of all things if one is to live life fully.
Our individual lives are full of sorrow, pain, longing, guilt, belief, competition, aggression and hatred. And collectively we start wars, genocides, starvations, greed, envy and lust. These evils crucify the species. It has always been so. So how do I respond to these facts? Necessarily, we must condemn warfare and all depreciation of human, animal and environmental resources. The planet itself is endangered.
Inwardly, in terms of seeing ambition, self-centeredness, hatred, guilt, frustration with becoming a somebody or an image of the good man or a powerful man or woman – how do you view these items? One cannot deny them. Or condemn them. Or project an opposite to practice in order to rid oneself of pride. One cannot justify these inner drives or excuse or equivocate about them. So what is the response?
Seeing the facts of limitation, vanity, death, and fear, which our selfishness and self-absorption produce and reinforce, within the psyche without reaction, without denial or the effort to cover them a thousand ways, is the beginning of true intelligence. Sitting with these facts simply and watching them for what they are is the beginning of that pathless journey to not only discover oneself but make a revolutionary impact upon the world.