Max Igan: Let’s deprogram!

Apathy or Action?


Powerful, creative protest tactic in Ukraine: opposition activists hold up mirrors so the police must look at themselves.


Ignorance is not a lack of knowledge; it is a lack of attention. To ignore is to not pay attention. If I say “I am going to ignore you,” that means, “I am not going to pay attention to you.” This is what we mean by ignorance. This ignorance is of truth. All of us are willingly ignoring the truth about ourselves, because we grasp at a “self,” at a concept that is not real. Our personality, name, background, history, memories, desires, longings, resentment, anger, remorse, lust, envy, and jealousy.  All of these are a sense of self that we grasp at, and are a form of ignorance, because none of them are the self; they are illusions. We willingly ignore that truth, because our self-created illusory self entices our desires. Because we ignore that truth, we also ignore that grasping for illusions creates karma: cause and effect. The effect of that is our suffering. We are suffering as we are because of the cycle of illusions and desires that we created psychologically. The synthesis then is that to eliminate suffering, we have to eliminate the delusion. That delusion is only eliminated through knowledge, wisdom, and through understanding.

Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.



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