Thursday, August 31, 2006

Daily Mediation

Detachment is a state, it is not a totalisation of achieved indifferences. - Fingers Pointing Toward the Moon by Wei Wu Wei
I looked up Totalisation not being familar with the word. "Totality and Totalisation are concepts used by Georg Luk√°cs and Jean-Paul Sartre to refer to the objective and subjective processes whereby an entity, composed of a multiplicity of parts, constitutes itself as a totality or thing — either a thing-in-itself or a thing-for-itself. Sartre uses the example, in the first instance, of a painting, which is made as a thing (or totality) by a single act of the imagination, which makes all the bits of paint, etc., exist as a single painting. As soon as it ceases to be looked at and maintained as a single thing, it ceases to be a totality."
In reading the statement for the first time I did not absorb it. It is easy to be detached from something or someone. Just simply stop careing. Sever the cords. Yes, indefference. No matter what happens either way just simply stop. In giving up caring about these things, these outcomes it would seem like a state is achieved of detachment and in essence that has been achieved. But yet that is not detachment. It is simply not having a stake in what goes on in our lives and the world around us. That is the lonely and difficult place. For indeed we limited our connections and communications and communion with others thinking it would lead/take us to a place of nirvana or bliss. Without those attachments then certainly life would be much easier to take. What a paradox.
Detachement may be something totally different. We must care, we must love, we must commune. In being, in living we must commit ourselves to take an active role in our lives and the actions, thoughts, feelings, and words we produce. We must be ready to let things come and go follow the ebb and flow of the universe and in that sense not hold onto. Detached through love not through indeference. Detached through peace not due to anger. I like this one.

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