Glorify the Precepts

Life can be overwhelming. It might be overwhelming more often than not. We all of different strategies to recharge our batteries and one of the most abundant is to escape for a little while. People might go to a bar, on vacation, to a show, or simply turn on the television. These escapes allow us to separate from the grind of life, take a few deep breaths, and feel good for a little while before we need to face reality again.

In the process of helping us cope with reality, we’ve glorified these temporary positive sensations. We have advertisements everywhere promoting drinking, sex, and partying. We’ve accepted these distractions to a level that we try to live them as our reality. Deep down, we all know that the allusion will eventually crash and that we will need to pick up the pieces, but facing reality now seems too difficult so we spend our energy trying to maintain the artificial reality.

I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t enjoy a break from life every now and then. I do it all the time. I’m just questioning whether we should glorify these artificial realities as the ultimate state. The people who face reality without taking a break are the ones we should be impressed by and look up to. People like the Mother Teresa’s and Gandhi’s of the world who are surrounded by misery, but face it with a smile on their faces. People who don’t need to lie, steal, kill any living being, intoxicate themselves, or have sex to help them get through life are amazing. If we, as a society, could recognize these people and their accomplishments as the desired goal I thing we would all be better off. There’s nothing wrong with failing to meet these standards. We’re all where we are, and should enjoy the life that we live. We just need to stop glorifying actions that take us further and further from actual reality. Time to meditate.

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About Ryan Shelton

In March of 2010 I discovered a path to peace and happiness through a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. After establishing my personal practice, and witnessing how it changed my way of life, I'm now curious to explore how the growing community of meditators can help to support each other and make the world a better place.
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