Seeing the World
The only value in this world is the value that we attribute to these phenomena.take a guess
Well, after 8 months of New York City, I'm happily awaiting my flight to Utah. I think it's crazy that I've been here for this long. I originally intended to be here for 3 months. Three horrible months of frigid Winter temperatures and somehow, that 3 months became 8 months. I don't know how that happened.
When people speak of traveling, they are normally speaking of pleasure excursions. I didn't come to New York City for pleasure. I came here to work. And, when I say "work" I really mean "work". I intended to sit on the street for three months in freezing weather with a cardboard sign that reads: Need $ for Food! Thanks! And, that's precisely what I did.
You know what's funny about that? There are some people who see me with that sign, sitting in the freezing cold, weather that inspires them to literally run to their office or the train station to get warm and they say things like, "Get a job!" It's hilarious, actually. Because sitting in that weather with a cardboard sign and begging bowl is harder than any job they have ever done or have ever had. But that's neither here, nor there. Today, we're talking about traveling.
So, I arrived in New York to "work" and work, I did. I worked and worked and now, Summer is nearly here and I'm leaving. That's right. I'm leaving. I'd intended to stay for the Summer because sitting in the Summer is so much more comfortable than the Winter but guess what? I'm tired of New York. Tired of it! The noise, the people, the traffic. I'm tired of it. I'm ready to go home to Utah.
Now, that Summer is here, there is probably seasonal work available that will pay me approximately the same amount as I would make if I were "working" as a beggar in New York. However, at this seasonal job in Utah, I'll have the luxury of sitting at a desk with some headphones, typing on a computer, in an air-conditioned office building. Is that better or worse? I don't know. That's just the truth of it.
Ever since I made my decision to go home to Utah, people keep asking me the same thing, "How can you leave before the Autumn? The weather is just getting warm. Think of all the money you could make..." To that I espouse the philosophy I learned in my earliest childhood: Know when to done.
When someone says, "Know when to done," it means, don't be a lush about whatever it is you're doing, you know? I mean, that's the problem that alcoholics, drug addicts and every other person who should have just "let it be" but didn't is experiencing. It would be better for you, if you simply knew when to done. This philosophy works for everything. I'll give you an example...
I loved this guy, but I had to let him go. He was a problem. As much as I loved him, I knew when to done. I worked on solving the problem, but the more I worked to solve the problem, the more problems I realized were there. I implemented the ultimate solution by simply knowing when to done. It done! He's done! We're done! Done-zo! I feel better. I don't know if he feels better, but I do.
During my morning walk, I saw a young man who looked like him. My heart sang with joy. You know when you love someone and you have a favourite presentation of them? My favourite presentation of him was there in that young man this morning. Tall, strong, healthy, full in face and beautiful. I exclaimed out loud, "What a waste!"
I love him, but so what? So what?
You know, there are bodhisattvas carved into the sides of mountains in lots of places. I do believe that I remember someone saying that huge carvings existed in Iraq and Saddam had them chiseled away. What a tragedy. Were you privvy to the knowledge that Buddhism was a going concern in that area of the world thousands of years ago? So much so, that someone took the time to carve those bodhisattvas? Hmph. And, then Saddam chiseled them away. All that effort, but so what? So what?
I believe that this information is bonafide reason to believe that what Buddhism says is true. What Islam says is true. What Judaism says is true. That what every religion says is true. There isn't anything in this world that matters. There is no objective value to anything in this world. The only value is the value that we attribute to these phenomena. The bodhisattvas, works of art, education, relationships, people.
There is money in New York, but I am going home to Utah.
I love that man, but I don't speak to him anymore.
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