It Is The Worst Of Times, It Is The Best of Times
How is this the worst of times?
In diabolical times, people become more divided. The media soothsayers speculate about the future, creating fear, chaos, and confusion, either winding people up or entertaining them so that they ignore their bewilderment.
We are continually being warned of worse to come (fear) and the great rebuild on the horizon (hope). All the while, people are in the dark regarding their true nature that is beyond hope and fear, and which is conscious, compassionate and wise, beyond imagination.
How is this the best of times?
There are two aspects to enlightenment; realising that we are only pure consciousness, and recognising whatever obscures that pure consciousness. Basically, it’s all emptiness. Pure consciousness is empty cognisance, and all seeming obscurations are empty of true existence – they come and go. Things only seem real because we fixate on them, not noticing that everything is impermanent.
When we see how ridiculous it’s all become, with people fearing everything and everyone, they are bound to become hostile and out of control.
The more we hear ridiculous nonsense,
the more obvious it is.
Humans are highly adaptable.
This is both our genius and our downfall:
genius in that we can see through the fake,
and downfall in that we can put up with it.
We are the constant mirror of direct, clear consciousness;
the reflections are second-hand news.
Even religions and spiritual groups turn emptiness into a second-hand event.
Sit anywhere in silent clarity, and all is revealed.
There isn’t anything new under the sun …
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light,
it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859
“Sometimes, you put walls up not to keep people out,
but to see who cares enough to break them down.”
― Socrates 470–399 BC