“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.”
Freedom: We are not free. Each one of us is trapped in some kind of perception of how the world is and who we are in it.
Personal Beliefs: Our desire to see things a certain way and to resist anyone who tries to get us to see differently.
The kings needed a way to keep the people working so they charged the people RENT. The rent forced the people to work. Then the free Capitalistic world enticed us to believing we could OWN our home and make money. We could all be kings.
Who will be the workers if everyone is king? And the battle begins because everyone is in competition to get to the top of the ladder.
As the delusion grows more people join in the battle and more people think owning a home will improve their lives but they still have to pay and work. What is freedom? The increase of expense cause the family to become split and the well being of the children and their development is in the hands of the STATE. Both parents work and various types of physical and mental stress affect all members of the family. Soon the main topic of focus and conversation is the negative. The family is split and cannot be rejoined. The children look for cohesion in alternate forms: drugs, gangs, pregnancy, I-phones and other forms of connectivity. The psyche is also affected and feelings of lack or failure set in: resentment and bitterness of a promise or dream lost.
America: land of the FREE. Now land of the mentally ill, homeless and socially damaged. The promises of Capitalism have backfired and the people are all bipolar, schizophrenic, manic/depressive; a bi-product of their environment. More children have learning disabilities or ADD, ADHD or other titles for the pharmaceutical companies to target.
The first zen lecture in Instant Zen, translated by Thomas Cleary, states, “One who is not a companion of myriad things has departed the toils of materialism. The mind does not recognize the mind, the eye does not see the eye; since there is no opposition, when you see forms there are no forms there to be seen, and when you hear sounds there are no sounds there to be heard. When you see in this way, are you not independent and free?” (Cleary, 1994). This is Zen in Flesh.
If we continue to trust the media, which does not educate, or the government, which does not protect, we will lose ourselves and our freedom entirely. Find the Zen in Flesh in yourself. Become that which you are looking for.