So Who’s Crazy?
We have minds full of beliefs our greatest saints and sages rejected on their march to perfection.
We see the world as separate from us, functioning outside us, and capable of working us great help or harm, and that unpredictably.
We see ourselves as pathetically vulnerable, and obliged to compete for scarce means to live.
Pressured by our need to survive, we pass our lives in “quiet desperation,” believing that “life’s a bitch and then you die.”
To us, this is a sane view.
To our greatest saints and sages, we are having a horrendous nightmare from which we can eventually awaken.
Their advice seems patently impractical, even ludicrous, but we human beings are far too opportunistic a species to throw out something useful.
And it’s the fact that we have carefully preserved the advice of our greatest saints and sages that should lead us to be suspicious of that mindset that we label “common sense”, or “sanity.”