People pushing religion through the world come to my door from time to time, and when I tell them I am not interested, they ask me, "Why not?" I tell them, "I don't care why." And I don't budge from that position. If they say, "But, I want to know why!" I say, "I don't care about that, either." And if they say, "But, you should care," I say, "I don't care about that, either." If they try to change the subject, and ask me if I know Jesus, I hold up an index finger, and say, "Jesus and I are like that." Their interest begins to wane about then, and they go to the next house. If they tell me I'm going to hell, I tell them, "I don't care about that, either."
Emotional reactivity limits our ability to respond appropriately to each situation as it arises. And it increases the level of noise and complexity in our life. The path to balance and harmony is walked best by those who live with the proper degree of separation between themselves and their circumstances. Joseph Campbell was a world class distance runner in his college days at Columbia. He attended a track meet later in life, and said he had to refuse future repeats of that experience "because it created too much within that I had to control." The Dalai Lama maintains his composure by not attending automobile races, among a long list of other activities. Emotional arousal and reactivity are addictions rivaling alcohol for number of participants on a regular basis. People cannot sit still and be quiet for long, or often, "because it creates too much within" they can't control. We are responsible for the life we live, and for the life we refuse to live. Who we are is who we will ourselves to be. We live for the action, or for the stillness and the silence. And the choices we make tell the tale.
We cannot see anything without interpretation, evaluation, judgment, opinion, association, reaction... Without concealing it beneath ideas about what it is and what it is not. We cannot see what it is for seeing what we see that it is. We know all we need to know about it before it says, or does, anything. So much for impartiality and nonpartisan, open mindedness and unbiased appraisals of everyone and everything in existence.