Plato's myth of the Cave seems applicable. We must imagine the people, always intently watching the shadows on the wall, to be content or happy, sometimes clapping their hands in excitement at the strange or silly actions of the figures.
But if they turned around and understood that the shadows were only high fantastical, and then if they were led from the cave into the brave sunlight outside, would they willingly return to their seat in front of the fire and continue to gaze at the shadows?
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Well, John, I think those people would leave the cave, enter the warm embrace of the sunlight, and then be content and happy, sometimes clapping their hands in excitement at the new shadows that now seem to circle them and even mimic them in the daylight.
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Try developing some skills in meditation, i dont envy those who have no choice not to think, but those who can control their thought.
My younger sister has a choice to think. It is simply on a lower level than the majority. Perhaps it is people like her who are "above the bar" because they do not analyze every thought. It is the basics with them, and most of the time the simple is the answer:)