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Love is seeing that which is.

It seems that humanity is only apt to repeat its own errors. In an age of advanced information technology, we might all notice the countless wars which had been fought since we existed. We have also stopped to ponder the question, why do we have wars? When World War II ended, a great wave of despair and meaninglessness occupied the world, and what has come out of it? Why is it that human beings only know violence? Why do we react only with force? Why do we believe that any kind of war, at any level or scale, can solve any problems at all?

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Story is told about oneself. Story is the imprisonment. When there is awareness of this imprisonment, one seeks to break free. The process of breaking free is the search for liberation. Usually, the story is told about oneself by others. This story limits who we can be. To break free of the limit is liberation. One experiences what one thinks is liberation through gaining control of storytelling. One now controls the telling of the story. One chooses what kind of story one tells about oneself. This might feel liberating, but it is only a change of prisons. Imprisonment is the nature of any story.

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Absence can never be present. This statement might seem very obvious, yet in daily life the feeling of absence pervades. There is the lack of love, the absence of satisfaction. One might feel that one is not good enough, kind enough, courageous enough, successful enough. These are all the manifestations of absence. Yet, absence is an impossibility. When this is understood, no sense of lack can ever take hold. Therefore, life becomes effortlessly self-fulfilling.

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The power of the mind is based on its fundamental belief that it can tell right from wrong. This is the same as the power of knowledge. Modern society might have its peculiar flavor of knowledge, such as the scientific or the egotistic, but knowledge has exerted its power since age immemorial. Such power feeds itself. Through constantly validating its own correctness by believing in its correctness, it lives in the dream of power.

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The reaction to loneliness is the desire for companionship. A companion is to be depended upon. This companion can be a person, a group, or an idea. Dependence creates a sense of comfort. In comfort, the mind is slack, lazy, inattentive. An inattentive mind has no vitality. The deadweight of life is the reliance on comfort.

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Narcissism necessarily leads to isolation. Narcissism is the worship of the self. The self takes many forms. It can be the body, the appearance, the intellect, the impression of oneself. It could also be something much bigger, such as a country, an organization, an ideology, a belief, a faith, and so on. The self identifies with something and worships that thing. This is narcissism. When the self worships a thing, that thing becomes valuable. Because of value, the thing becomes protected by the self. The process of protection is the process of challenge and response. One is then always protecting the thing in response to external challenges. Protection is in nature isolating, because protection means to push away, kill, or distance anything that challenges what it protects.

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Knowledge takes root in the mind. When a mind is burdened by knowledge, it becomes difficult to move freely. A pliable mind is a mind free of any burden. Such a mind is able to investigate anything without the weight of knowledge. Such a mind is able to let go of any prejudice and opinions, and therefore is able to apply itself to any situation. Such a mind flows like water, so it can take any shape, and committed to no shape. Such a mind is an empty mind, so that any knowledge can fill it, yet cannot be retained. Only an empty mind is a wise mind, because such a mind understands that no knowledge is eternal, and nothing is constant.

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Sex is not love. Sex has become satisfaction. In sex, if one is only seeking orgasm, or any other particular way of satisfaction through pain, obedience, control, and violence, love is not possible. The search for satisfaction in sex calls for cruelty and manipulation. Sex is used to tie each other down. It is used like a product in the market. Sex has become a mechanism for control and domination. This domination can be very direct or indirect. It could manifest in violent physical behavior of control, or subtle psychological influence, such as gaslighting and guilt-tripping.

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Good and evil are traditionally considered to be opposites. Good banishes evil. Evil battles good. This is the pattern in many religions, and also in our daily life. There is the evil of war, and also the good war which eliminates evil. There is the evil of murder, and also the good punishments which will stamp out the evil tendencies in the human psyche. This eternal battle is the pattern of human history, and it has not succeeded, because this very battle is what sustains evil. The battle is the evil.

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The conventional, everyday conception of time consists of the past, present, and future. This conception is itself timeless, meaning that it takes no time to arise. Yet, because the human mind is so conditioned by this conception of time, it mistakes time as an inherent quality of reality. Reality is inherently timeless. One could ask oneself, when does the past occur? It can only occur now, in the form of memories. When does the future occur? It can only occur now, in the form of projections. This is, in the logical sense, why the present contains all of time.

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