Know I'm Lying Lie
From: Mike Baker
It's hard to say what lies I've told myself. Usually when
I lie to myself I know I'm lying. Like "I'll do it tomorrow."
I know I won't. I'll either procrastinate some more or I'll just
plain forget. But there is a lie that I sometimes believe...
"I have friends."
The truth is that we are all all-alone. We have our heads, our secret
heads, that no one can ever, will ever know. Loyalty may be considered
a virtue but even the most loyal friend is still serving his/her own ego.
It is the ego that separates us. The Buddha sought escape from the
ego. He knew that the ego was an illusion that bound us to our mortal
coil. To escape the ego is to rejoin what we are already a part
of. God. He/She/It is everywhere, everything and every time.
I've more to say about that but I'm getting off track and, well, I could
be wrong (although I don't think I am).
What I do know is this: Friendship, family, community, etc. are
all illusion. They are a product of ego and familiarity. They
become comfortable and we don't want to let go of them. We work
to keep it and if we leave it we get nostalgic for it. But if you
take it all away, all the lies, the illusions, you do find what really
matters. It's precious and little understood but it is the foundation
of all that makes what we value. It's kindness. That's all.
That's the truth. Kindness is the glue that holds together the
universe. Kindness has no destruction. It is all. Think