René Descartes' classic, "I think, therefore I am," was flipped by a guy at a bar in Minneapolis, "I think, therefore I think I am." Solidifying me in my already solid opinion that there are no proofs for verifying the reality of reality. It's an illusion we keep afloat among ourselves in the absence of a better idea. Unvalidateable assumptions gain the reputation of being so over time. We take a lot "on faith" that way. It is the grounding principle of QAnon and the Moon Walk deniers. Reaffirming the refrain from the 60's (Or before?), "You can't prove that the universe did not come into being, complete with fossils, artifacts and memories, fifteen minutes ago." There is a lot we cannot prove. And we get along fine with the assumption of reality, assuming that we are not Chaung Tzu's butterfly dreaming all of this into existence. Which gets me to "If this is so real, why don't we do a better job with it?" Why are we so casual with reality? So nonchalant? So take it or leave it? Littering highways, and subways, and oceans and outer space? Why don't we walk around blinking in disbelief at the reality we behold? What are the chances? That we would be here/now? Pissing away each day as though it is no big deal? And our entire life one day at a time? WHAT???
There is the Great Flow of Circumstances, with "one damn thing after another," and there is the Flow of Life and Being, in, around and through the circumstantial congestion of the times. How to move from one to the other is a matter of turning the light around, flipping the switch, looking again, and seeing what we look at, finally, at last, and doing what needs to be done about it. The Gateless Gate is the swing point between the worlds flowing through this world of time and place, the place of transition/transformation where the "doors of perception are cleared" (William Blake) and we know what's what: "This is the way things are, and this is what can/needs to be/must be done about it, and that's the way things are." The future of time and place depends upon what happens then. Once we see, what do we do? Upon the answer to that one teeters all things great and small. To know and not do, that's big. But, there is hope for the world in the next moment of each situation as it arises, where the same scenario plays out again, and again, through all eternity. What dies now has the possibility of being resurrected then, and all is never lost, merely delayed, sometimes through all those eternal cycles the Buddhists like to talk about, and sometimes not. It all depends on here/now, all the way down, and how well we sync up with the right flow and do what needs us to do it. In each situation as it arises. If you know what you know, you know what I mean.