reply to post by arpgme
I will try to answer it as much as I can...I wouldn't say I'm either for the light or against the darkness, as they are opposing forces of
equal strength, but either one can't exist without the other. Both are necessary and must be, otherwise we couldn't tell the one from the other.
To really understand this you must believe that all humans have the same consciousness but experience life subjectively, egos comparing themselves to
each other enjoying life. Life is a dream, but a dream where we have forgotten that we are dreaming, because it's more exiting that way. It makes
sense in a modern way too, in that we try to create immerse experiences such as in games, the goal has obviously always been to create a game that is
so immersive that we almost can't tell the difference from reality, take Oculus Rift
for example, it's a step
closer, and graphics are getting damn good too.
That we have the same consciousness implies that when you die, you will be born again, not as yourself (your memories reside with your body) but
someone completely different, yet exactly like you; a human. Perhaps you will die of cancer at the age of 2, suffering is spread equally as is
happiness, and you will experience both suffering and happiness. Equally does not imply geographic location but just throughout the universe in
Anyway the middle path is just another role to play, but one that knows the workings behind the scenes, the causes of suffering and how to escape it
and with dissolution ego comes a understanding that everyone are equal, therefore compassion but not meddling compassion that stirs up drama, causing
suffering in the first place. Some have tried clinging to suffering as to be immune (escape) to it, hence bed of nails and such practices. But that is
still clinging to something, in the ever changing now there is nothing to hang on to and that is why very few reach nirvana, the breath, relief,
freedom or whatever you want to call it, it scares us that nothing is permanent that there really is nothing to cling to, no government that will
always be there, no parents that will always be there, not even this moment or the earth you stand on. We humans go extraordinary lengths to preserve
the illusion of permanency.
I'm not permanent perhaps I will play the hero or be brought up in place that makes me an arch villain next time, other fragments of us and our
environments form us to be what we are. When we are aware of this process we can just be, but it really is hard to let go of who you were and what you
are going to be in a society that condition us to think only of what isn't (past and future) instead of what is, the now.