Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Illusion



I believe this world to be an illusion. I mean in the empirical and even in the Buddhist ways.
Empiricism is a theory saying that knowledge can only be gained through experience and observation, rather than by scientific facts. Buddhism is about to live the middle way, between good and evil. But there was also a speech given by the Buddha to his closest followers saying that not only this world, but also ourselves are illusory.
The movie Matrix talk about it too. When Morpheus talk to Neo, the hero, he tells him that what they touch, see, taste, hear and feel are not real as they are the result of the super computer Matrix that make them think that man live free in this world but, in reality, lies in a small alcove being used as batteries for the machines. Then, he presents him a blue pill saying that if Neo chooses it, he will forget about everything and return to his old self living his illusory life in the Matrix. Then he shows him a red pill telling him that if he chooses it, it will free him from the Matrix.
In life, we are the Matrix, we create this this world with our own will and beliefs, through our five senses, our mind, our memories and for few of us our intuition. And there is no red pill to take ourself out of the illusion. in order to achieve that, there are religion, prophet, Buddhas, enlighten peoples that will show us the way out through various types of practices, with yoga and meditation being the most well known.
Here is for the within part of the illusion.
What contribute externally to the illusion? I would say that it's the ephemeral passage of beings and things in this impermanent world where everyone ans everything is born, live then die at own pace, to disappear forever without leaving any traces. Because, even if they leave a trace, it ends up disappearing with time.
Imagine a thick soup where people try to take shape, shaping their direct environment and then melting back to the liquid, their working melting at slower pace.
Who remembers Peter the blacksmith forging blades and plates, during the middle-age? Nobody! Indeed, this anonymous man left some traces drowned in millions of other traces left by other anonymous people like him. And when he died, only those who were close to him remembered him until they, in turn, died throwing the memory of him in the big abyss of forgetfulness. Can we affirm he even existed, if no traces is left to prove he actually existed ? 
How about famous people then ? Here it's undeniable. will say some. There are traces and witnesses that will attest they indeed existed. 
Yet, Socrates existence was doubted until recently and Jesus is still doubted by many (There is a recent theory doubting his existence). But who knows Egbert of Wessex, a king that ruled England in the 9th century, and his lineage apart from the history specialists, professionals, and few erudite ? Not many people. Little by little, them too will disappear in the maelstrom of forgetfulness.
Countries and empire then ? They last long, right ? 
I watched on Arte (a French-German cultural channel) a while ago that there was, in the 4th or 5th millennium BC in Iran, a great empire that flourished. It acted as junction between the state-cities of Sumer and the Harappan Civilization on the Indus River. They named it (and I forgot the name), but they did not know its real name, which people lived in it, and who where its kings. 
Finally, those empires and kingdoms which are born, live, and then crumble to death become skeletons, their remaining ruins acting as bones, having been eaten by scavengers such as pillagers, looters or plunderer. Or their remain getting salvaged by following civilizations that built themselves on their ashes.
They end up swallowed in the abyss of forgetfulness, and are only remembered in tales and legends, themselves being taken for fantasies coming from our naive ancestors imagination. 

Everything is being erased and disappearing. And it's the world ephemeral and impermanent nature that contribute to the illusion.