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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Daily Musings - December 6th, 2012 - Entertainment - 娛樂 - Yúlè

Entertainment - 娛樂 - Yúlè

The mind that turns ever outwardly
shall never satiate its cravings,
Only when it shifts within,
will it find stillness;
momentary peace
from which to begin.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao  

It seems that some people will never tire of thrill-seeking.  Craving entertainment, these people wish for newer, sharper experiences. Events do not even require a basis in reality - people are more than willing to content themselves with recreations, deceptive displays, or simulations produced by machines. Music is amplified. Historical locations are chocked full of museums, shops, and festivals. Life is dressed up with pretty images, accompanied by soft music, and enhanced through food and drink.

Followers of Tao regard all reality as projections of our mind. All forms of phenomena are subjective, relative to our current position. Therefore, it would be folly if we further entangled ourselves in such confusion. True reality lies within the swirling vortex, observable only through personal withdrawal from the outside world. It is looking within, and then slowly peeling away the layers of subjectivity we have built up around ourselves for protection. What will remain is not an objective core, but instead a kernel of truth, which absorbs rather than reflects. If we journey within this kernel, our minds cease to create simulated realities, and we enter into peaceful silence, feeling perfect and whole.