Thursday, May 10, 2007
Suppose reality is a mirror and consciousness is vision.
What consciousness sees in the mirror is nothing other than its own image. It is not satisfied, however, with what it sees. It does not realize that what it is seeing is itself. It takes the mirror to be itself and undertakes to change the mirror. Consciousness stains itself with the blood and sweat of its efforts.
Yet there is no improvement. Its image remains quite the same.
Consciousness redoubles its efforts and continues to try to "fix" the mirror. Its vision becomes one-pointed and the reflection of itself becomes like an apparition, an illusion. Its work is the only thing that is real, the only thing that it can see. Yet the awareness of its reflection is a persistent, troubling memory and from time to time consciousness sees itself in the mirror.
Despite all of its best intentions and efforts the image remains hauntingly, lovingly, laughingly...