Seeing what is going around in the world, I too might have asked : is this all there is?
But i think it is the wrong question.
I ask myself : what is it that caused all this travail, this misery, this unjustice, this violence?
And by doing so, by asking myself this fundamental question, i am left with a tremendous responsibility, knowing that it is me, that my daily actions do matter.
And yes, K pointed this out in his teachings.
If your answer to this question is that you’re as responsible as every other human for “all this travail, this misery, this unjustice, this violence”, doesn’t that obligate you to undergo a radical transformation from what you (we) are to what you (we) must cease to be?
That all we can really be sure of is the experience that arises from whatever is happening.
All we can really comment on is our experience. So “obviousness” is an experience that arises in me (a feeling describes it well I think) - I am postulating that it arises from the interaction (relationship) of stuff outside of our experience.
There is no such thing as “obviousness” that exists without the interaction of everything else - the same goes for me and my experiences
I (and my experience) arise from everythig else. Everything else also arises in the same way.
Yes, if what you mean by “the experience” is that all we know are our reactions to stimuli; that “whatever is happening” is determined by our reaction to it.
So “obviousness” is an experience that arises in me (a feeling describes it well I think) - I am postulating that it arises from the interaction (relationship) of stuff outside of our experience.
There is no such thing as “obviousness” that exists without the interaction of everything else - the same goes for me and my experiences…I (and my experience) arise from everythig else…Everything else also arises in the same way.
This isn’t clear. I don’t know what you’re trying to say.
I’m just commenting on your relationship to things. Those things (like clarity, truth, obviousness, chairs etc) are not real things out there - they are projections arising from you (aka opinions - which we often take to be actual reality - and which thus dictate our actions and beliefs)
Reality is what we experience. Our experience is a relationship between what we project, our reaction to the projections, and the rest of the universe (universe which is not obvious to us)
If what you mean is that since one can’t know what “actual reality” is, can know only what it seems to be, all one can do is find a way of interpreting, translating, the unknowable into what best serves one’s purpose.
Hugely important question, for me in any case. The content of our consciousness (as Krishnamurti might have put it), the world of form or vyavahara (as Advaitins might say), is that it? IT? Is anything ‘beyond’ that imagination and wishful thinking and fairy tales? Is there no ‘other bank’ save for the bank we conjure up to mitigate the suffering we experience where we are? Interestingly Vedantins wouldn’t say “This is all there is” rather: “Not this! Not that!”