Wars, more wars, rumours of war. Protests, counter-protests, divorce courts, the Second Amendment. Conflict devours incomprehensible amounts of energy. And it all derives from a single source: the idea of me and mine.
We are exhorted to make a choice, pick a side, don a colour, follow a leader, take a stand. But isn’t the penny in my pocket two-sided? Am I not headed and tailed?
Gurdjieff had the view that humanity exists in a near-perpetual state of sleep. “Man lives his life in sleep, and in sleep he dies.” On the evidence—climate change, consumerism, ceaseless warring and the wanton destruction of the planet—the Russian mystic wasn’t wrong.
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.
Every negative thought is an attack on someone or something. Some of us are war factories.