To Not Be a Wood-Pusher

Everything we do, be it big or small, should lead us towards our overall goals in life.

In the game of chess, there is one major rule you have to follow: do everything for a reason. Every move of a chess piece has to result in an advantage to your cause, even if not directly; but to move a piece without any reason in particular would be suicidal, and you would be nothing but a wood-pusher.

The same goes with the things we do in life. Always ask yourself, “How is this going to help me in my overall goals? Does this fit in with my plan for life?”

Self-discovery

I am looking into the “philosophy” of Buddhism. It seems pretty much what I’m looking for, but I’m not so sure yet, so I’m still doing more reading up on it. About Catholicism I’m still pretty much with it, but I’m thinking about moving away from it and going into some other form of Christianity; of course, there are family (who brought me for batism) pressures, but all in all they are pretty open about this, more or less (especially if I keep it a secret).

Buddhism teaches the flow of life. The very essence of it is the truth, or reality. Not reality of truth in the “you have to see it to believe it” or “the truth is what you believe” or “what you believe to be true, is true”, but more of there is only one reality, one that can be truly called reality, the rest are all only perceptions, and thus not very real.

It is this reality that I am looking for. I go from one place to another, from one school (academic insitution as well as school of thought), wondering where it is all going to lead to. Eventually we find it all leads to death, to the end of life.

But was there ever a beginning in the first place? When did it start anyway? When God created the world? when there was the Big Bang and the Universe was formed? Does it matter even if we knew the answers? Is it of consequence?

I would like to refer anyone who bothers, to read The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Sometimes we live our lives asking questions, and bothering about, matters of non-consequence.

When the very things of consequence that really is not difficult to reach/obtain, once you identify it (which is in essence the hard part), we ignore and instead go for the very things that are meant to bring us closer to the matter of consequence itself.

Take for example you are on a running track in a Stadium, at the start point; you want to get to the 300 metre mark, which is 100 metres behind you, as quickly as possible, but instead of turning around to run there, you make one round along the track, 300 metres long, to get there.

You think that since everyone else is running in this direction, you have to run in that direction too. You ignore the fact that turning around would be faster, assuming though, that you do really want to get there as quickly as possible.

Don’t go one round. Stop and look, and think, and know. The path can be a direct one if you would just take it.

Pointing at the Moon

Life can point the way for you, but it cannot show you what it needs you to see. A man pointing at the moon is not the same as the moon itself.

In Christianity, the Holy Bible is not the truth itself. It is the word of God, the message from God. People praise the Bible, say “oh what wonderful truths it holds”; they go to Church where there are statues of Jesus and the Saints (Catholicism), and pray to these statues. If a man points at the statue of Jesus and makes fun of it, many people in the Church get all upset. But what for? It is just a statue.

What something represents, is not the thing/person it is representing. The Bible represents the way, it is the finger pointing to the moon. It is not the moon itself. Just like all the Sutras written by Buddhas or anyone for that matter, they are not the way, they point the way, that’s all.

Historical truth of the Bible? Probably not to be taken literally. It doesn’t have to be true, it is merely the way to get there. If you’d watched the Matrix, the Oracle said that Neo wasn’t the one. The Oracle also said that only either Neo or Morpheus would survive, both did. She points the way, she doesn’t state the truth, not always.

Do not take representations too seriously, they are merely there to point the way.

Everything’s Fated

We are all destined; everything we say or do can be derived from “constants”, things that never change.

However, it is possible to change our destiny. As there are constants in this Universe, there are also variants, things that change according to how we decide to live our lives.

Take for example, if a man was destined to be nothing more than an ordinary man, doing an ordinary job, then that is what he will be so long as the variants are not there or are too small to notice.

When he or she does things to the extremes (good or bad), then destiny changes. Depending on the nature of the variant, good kharma or bad kharma will sway the person’s destiny to another side.

We should avoid bad kharma at all costs, and approach good kharma with open arms. Kharma being just the life in the deeds we do, the amount, the measurement. Let’s all be good and transcend our destiny.

Prick Us and We Shall Bleed

This is quoted from Merchant of Venice, by Shakespeare.

“He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what’s his reason?

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is?

If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge.

If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.”

To be prejudiced, it makes the world mad. Remember we all feel hurt, we all feel pain, even if you do not think so.