It is all in what we make of it, do with it, do about it. It is nothing without us. We make it what it is. It is what it becomes through us and our interaction with it, our interplay with it, our impact upon it, which is also its impact upon us. And "it" is anything we want it to be. We have the power of perspective over "it." "It" is exactly what we say "it" is. And "it" turns the table on us, by showing us exactly who we are by the way we see/say what "it" is. We become visible to ourselves-- transparent to ourselves-- by seeing ourselves seeing/saying what "it" is in everything we see. It is us we are talking about when we say something/anything about something/anything. We are our perspective. We are our take on things. We are the center of our world. Our world is what it is because of us and our perspective. Change our perspective and you/we change us. We are not the same person when we see things differently. Take a stone for example. The Jews of lore were always stoning someone to death because they did not have guns or swords, and people needed to die, and stones were always handy. Stones in that case served the same purpose as burning people at the stake or hanging people by the neck until dead. Or nailing people on a cross. Speaking of burning people at the stake, the Westminster Divines were good at that. The Westminster Divines come to mind because if I had lived in their day, they would have burned me at the stake. The Romans would have nailed me to a cross. The vigilantes would have hung me by the neck. The Jews would have stoned me to death. Because the way I see is not the way they see/saw. And their way of seeing cannot/could not tolerate a different way of seeing. "If you don't see like we do, we have to kill you! See?" We kill people, excommunicate people, shun people, hate people and make their lives miserable because of the way they see things. "If they don't see like we do, they deserve to die!" Because they are a threat to our stability, they rock our world, by seeing differently and therefore calling into question the validity of the way we see things. And they have to die, or we do. Better them than us. Death over a difference in perspective. Because perspective is life or death, life and death. Which, of course, is crazy. It is just how we see things! And things are not the way we say things are! Things have an independent existence quite apart from us and how we see them. Draw a border around anything. That thing is more than you say it is. We cannot say all there is to say about anything. There is more to everything than meets the eye. Any eye. All eyes. The world would be better off, and we would be as well, if we said nothing about anything. Or if we took nothing we said about anything seriously. If we knew it was only a temporary thing we said about the thing, and had nothing of permanence at all about it. It is just a convenience to see things as we do, but we are free to change our mind about them at any time. We can see things differently with no harm done. Try seeing things like that for a change. Loosen up. Relax. Laugh. A lot. At the very idea that anything could be what we say it is. Ever. Nothing is only what we say it is. A lot of things are not at all what we say they are. What we do about that is up to us.
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How profound your words. Especially poignant are these:
“It is us we are talking about when we say something/anything about something/anything”
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