Vegetarian souls earnestly give up eating meat, ignoring the insistence of the Meat Marketing Board’s advertising; the health conscious cancel caffeine from their diet yet still use coffee houses as meeting places; many of us abstain from alcohol in spite of the presence of a pub on every corner, and avoid nicotine while remaining visually bombarded by cigarette advertising.
A handful of humans have awakened from the illusion of being a separate rock-solid entity and happily cohabit with the mainstream mass of dreamers. But even when suspicious of its hazardous affects on health, society and the planet, most of us struggle to even challenge the solid-self notion. It’s seldom questioned at all. Such inquiry is reserved for philosophers and mystics. All the contextual ‘evidence’ for separate-self’s sustained existence and validity is trotted out, but none of that is up for scrutiny either.
I wonder why we are never taught the difference between concept and Reality at home, or at school. I guess it would collapse the currency of a materialistic economy if children grew up in disregard of the advertising that would have them believe that happiness had a price and came with conditions, labels and images.
The empty essence of human Beingness is the best kept secret in creation, which is a great shame because the total fulfillment it reveals remains under wraps as well.