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Putting Things In Perspective (Learn To Swim)

So here it is. That state that one enters upon just waking up from a nap. For a short time everything makes sense. The fog is lifted and all of the confusion from the day is lifted – leaving one to wonder what on Earth placed them in that disoriented state? How could one’s vision be so clouded in the first place? Not really in a cluttered sense, but totally distorted – the very essence of perception being tainted. The day (the world which man has made) attacks the mind; man and his advertisements, television, products – anything to pull him from his natural state, leaving him hopeless to perceive true reality.

So many people, yet I feel so different from all of them. Are they really as empty as I’m thinking they are? We mill around like ants on an anthill, and I’ve come to the realization that my job is actually meaningless. Let me take a step outside this life and into “objective reality.” When you watch ants on an anthill, you’re first instinct is to wonder what they’re doing. Now, the contrast between, say, these ants and humans, is that even if you had no idea what they were doing, it would only take a short time of watching to figure out what exactly it is they are doing. Now, open your mind real wide and picture the average person in a job such as mine – our yours. Forget everything you know about being a human being. Remove yourself from the world you know, pretending you’re a cognizant being – just observing. Would you, being this entity, be able to know what it was that you were doing after watching for a short while? I conclude that you would not!

I feel that man has preoccupied himself with money, (ironically) computers, and so many other material possessions that extract his very soul from this objective reality. Our Third Eye has been clouded by television, the Collective Unconscious tainted by desires for things that, in the actual sense of the word, don’t even really exist. Our “capitalist” economy is a machine; a machine used to consume the world’s resources, convert them into a giant distraction from reality – which, by the way, is the main cause of strife and struggle in this world.

Is it any wonder that, should one ever be placed in an isolation chamber, they would inevitably go insane? This, my friends, is because we have totally isolated ourselves from actual reality, and what we really are!! To experience life as it really is, and not what we surround ourselves with is, in itself, a shocking experience. Shocking in that it is nothing like what we experience now.

We may not realize it, but we use material possessions to comfort us. Not simply buying something because we feel sad – but we need that material object as an anchor. An anchor into the physical world. I think that coming to the true realization that our true nature is spirit (not body) is too frightening – and deep down, when we start to realize that within ourselves, we, like the child reaching for a bottle, reach for the material world to ground us and make us feel comfortable.

I think mankind needs to let go. To turn and leave the material world; the world of meaningless products that the money-hungry, capitalist whore-mongers shove down our throats; all the plastic and metal, and get back to what reality truly is.

It’s funny how much value we place on things like money. I know that topic is a dead horse, but think about the ant scenario while I beat a dead donkey – liven it up a little. Do the ants have money? Breaking down every activity that you see them engage in, do you think they have any exchange system in that way? Of course not. And what’s even more apparent is the fact that they are actually productive in a useful sense. You don’t see ants walking around (entering our homes for example) and tearing everything down to use the resources they find to make little useless objects to sell to fellow ants at an inflated price.

(Right about now your strong desire for material possessions and the material world will kick in and say something like, “but we need jobs so that people will be able to eat and be “productive members of society.” Wrong. Using the Bible as an example of this, didn’t Jesus say the following?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Now, seeking “his kingdom and his righteousness” is open for interpretation, but in the grandest sense, what is presented here is an undeniable truth. Yet, here you are with the mentality that “we all need jobs.” This is you holding on to your desire for the material world and your “security blanket” keeping you from experiencing true reality. God is consciousness, and we are all subjective expressions of God – seeking to attain our highest potential.)

Thinking in this perspective makes it sound absolutely ridiculous, doesn’t it? Well, my friends, this is what happens when you step outside of the world we’ve been surrounded with and actually experiencing a little of what life is really about. Our minds are so clouded by objects (in every sense of the word) that we cannot perceive the world around us properly.

I’d like to end this entry with a quote from one of my favorite artists. A quote to live by…

Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your hairpiece and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your Prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car…

One great big festering neon distraction,
I have a suggestion to keep you all occupied…

Learn to swim.

Maynard James Keenan

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