Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Mirror



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...

...the same.




5 comments:

Drewbacca said...

What happens when the SUBconscious inadvertantly changes our consciousness. Does cousciousness account for this change and does it recognize the fact that it just changed? And does the consciousness think that it was successful in changing itself or is it just further confused and ignorant?

muddy elephant said...

Does cousciousness account for this change and does it recognize the fact that it just changed?

Yes. On an individual level of consciousness. But in relation to the conciousness of our species(society) the individual is, in most cases, confronted with a huge amount of societal momentum that is highly resistant to change.

And does the consciousness think that it was successful in changing itself or is it just further confused and ignorant?

Of course it is the nature of reality to at least appear to be in constant change, flux. Though it seems that on a global scale we have been quite succesful indeed at being further confused and ignorant.

Sometimes ya gottsta get worse before you can get better. But seriously, I don't know a damn thing. Just my best guess.

Sounder said...

I like your style Muddy. Short and sweet.

Will ponder, then respond.

muddy elephant said...

Thanks much Sounder. At the risk of being trendy fluff cliche:

Namaste

Armelle said...

Good words.