Monday, August 23, 2010

questions about shared consciousness

If the world is an illusion and we in fact share consciousness, how can we differ so greatly? Oh sure, I get that we're different facets of the same whole, but why are we so fundamently opposed to one another? Why are we so busy vying for our own piece of the cake, screaming over one another to be heard, when in the end, we are all one?

I know, the question seems really simplistic, but aren't all the biggest questions really quite simple in nature, yet incredibly complex to answer?

Perhaps we compete for the loudest voice because we are caught up in the illusion and can't see the forest for the trees? (Could I venture into anymore idioms?) But in the end, we're only fighting ourselves. I mean, even though I would scream from the highest tree, announcing my belief that we must accept others freely for who they are, I am the first to admit that I am completely intolerant of people who are intolerant (I suppose that makes me a hypocrite).  And I would be the first to argue that I could never possibly share consciousness with someone who is against gay marriage or abortion or sex education, perhaps this is just my part of clinging to the illusion of the material world. But it's a heavy concept for me to wrap my head around because it flies in the face of the things I hold dear.

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