the chooser is a cartoon character

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Apparently the Buddha said

The Great Way is not difficult, only avoid choosing.

The difficulty isn’t in the choosing or the not-choosing.
It’s in the notion that a separate *chooser* entity exists.

But choices arise spontaneously and choices are made spontaneously.

Assuming the existence of one-who- chooses,
when such an entity cannot be found,
creates the pits and potholes on the Way.

Believe in a self that can choose,
or a self that cannot choose,
and you’ll find the Way impossibly fraught.

The only way I found to “avoid choosing” was to track down the chooser.  At some point on this hunt, I found that the chooser is a clever cartoon character dreamed up by a team of  very creative fellow cartoon characters – the merry members of the local Think Tank.  When they were seen for what they are, they shuffled back into the cartoon.

The naked light of Awareness that KNEW all this merriment turned out to be incapable of ever making a choice, yet it never fails to get everything exactly right!

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