there’s only one thing worth doing
Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that could happen.Chris Prentiss
I remember reading this and thinking: Wow! What a load of absolute horseshit!!! Irrational positivity irks me for some reason. Probably because I’ve being playing the role of Jaded Curmudgeon quite successfully for the past few decades. I’m a curious soul though, so the time has come, I think, to see what life is like on the other side. I’m willing now to entertain the possibility of the above egregious statement actually being true. What do you think?
The wisdom of the ancients tells me that the most important thing, the only thing really worth pursuing is self-knowledge. Pick a language or tradition, enlightenment, self-realisation, moksha, satori, gnosis, call it what you like, it doesn’t really matter, what is important is they all generally amount to the same thing: “know thyself.” Why? Because when you wake up to who or what you really are life get’s better (although directly trying to improve can lead to complications, but that’s a paradox for another day). It’s a form of liberation from suffering. “To understand everything [and you are everything] is to forgive everything” So sign me the fuck up!
Now I’ve had little glimpses into this condition. Some traditions maintain that being awake, i.e. being liberated, is our true nature. Sometimes we just forget. I want to be an optimist, but I also want it to be an authentic kind of optimism. So here’s what I think. If you remain “conscious” (and I know there’s a lot of baggage around that word, but again we’ll table that discussion for another time) each and every moment can reveal to you something about your innate character. Every moment can bring you closer to true self knowledge. So in that respect everything that happens to you is the best possible thing that could happen!