This is the third way of representing/presenting the same scene (Refer to the two previous images in this series). Which way is it really? None of the three! The "real scene" was entirely different, related only by being in the same general area at the time I was there. My point is the multiplicity of ways there are to apprehend "reality." And we argue about all of them. Excommunicate/exile/execute/persecute/prosecute/etc. people who don't see as we do-- as though we see what we look at any clearer than anybody else does! Thomas Aquinas was writing his Opus, Summa Theologica, when he had a revelation that led him to say, "All is straw," and quit writing. We don't know what he saw, but I have an idea. He saw that we cannot say what is because it is also not what we say it is-- it is more than can ever be said. Lao Tzu saw the same thing, and said, "Those who know don't say (Because it cannot be said), and those who say, don't know." Heinrich Zimmer picked up on this insight and said, "The best things cannot be said, and the next best things create confusion by trying to talk about the best things, which leaves us with the third best things to talk about, which are news, weather, sports and gossip. The Buddha saw the same thing Aquinas, Lao Tzu and Heinrich Zimmer saw, and said enlightenment consists of seeing what he saw the way he saw it. He called it "No Duality!" because everything is one in the sense that everything is much more than one and is united by being capable of a multiplicity of ways to be seen/ said/understood. Nirvana is seeing the allness of it all and letting it be because it is "just that way." Which leaves us with the responsibility of knowing we don't know what we think we know, and of stopping the foolishness of shoving/forcing our view of things on everyone else. Because life is an optical illusion, and we are capable of seeing what we look at and interpreting it in number of different ways. How are things "really"? They really are many different ways at the same time. So be cool with that, and let it be, because it is. Being cool with that means not taking the way you currently see things with more seriousness than it deserves (Which is practically no seriousness at all, in that the way we see things is merely a convenient way of managing our way through the optical illusion that is our life).