A shift in perspective

May. 29, 2020

"If you're afraid of dying, and you're holdin' on, you'll see devils tearin' your life away.
But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freein' you from the world.
It all depends on how you look at it.
#151;_from the film,_ Jacob's Ladder

What a time to be alive right now. This virus forced us all to shift our perspective of the goings-on of daily life; well, at least those of us with any tact or compassion. For the sake of others, as well as ourselves, we sheltered in place in an effort to stop rampant spread of viral infection.

Many of us saw this as simply “the right thing to do,” while others have wailed in the streets about loss of freedom.

These attachments—or expectations—of what life, freedom, etc. means are evidence of the Buddha’s awareness. You can palpably feel the suffering of the world against anything that encroaches upon their attachments.

See for example one Donald J. Trump who’s attacking a social media platform for suggesting his tweets be fact-checked. If that’s not the height of absurdity, the fact that he’s used said platform to state his willingness to enact military violence against “THUGS” (let’s be clear, he means “Black people” and his constituents know that) must be.

O' that we could all see the strings of the net attaching each of us, forming us into One. But I digress…perhaps it’s my own attachment I need to mind.

"Attachement is the root of all suffering."
---The Buddha