What we think is not the truth. A thought is a mental formation. The best and most it can do is point to the truth. Thought forms often fight with each other. Onward, Christian soldiers! Humans didn’t start speaking their thoughts until recently—50,000 years ago, by one estimate. Okay, the Terrible Twos. Maybe we’ll grow out of it. Maybe we won’t.
We are isolated and diminished by our beliefs. Let’s say I believe that I am a good man. Straightaway I have a problem. Every time I turn around, I see a bad man.
They say we come into the world with nothing. This overlooks the fact that we come with a body. Thereafter emerges a belief that we are the body. Here’s where the trouble starts.
Willpower is ego as a fist-faced life coach. In truth, it’s our worst instinct working from home, sprawled out in a La-Z-Boy, all gassy and greasy fingered, inciting us to fight with ourselves.
Minds with egos attached to them (that’s most minds) create an illusion of two-mindedness. We feel compelled to fight with ourselves, even to hate ourselves. Not men, are we, but civil wars. Do we project this violence? Oh, yeah. It’s where enemies come from.