There is thought, which is the response of memory to whatever the organism may perceive of life at any point in time and space; and then there is the indivisible movement of life itself, the unthinkable totality that while including within itself particular individuals and the human species as a whole, extends infinitely beyond what we singly or collectively can ever experience, know, imagine, and desire.
All our fears and afflictions, both personal and collective, are due to our general incapacity to tell the difference between what we each think about, and want out of life, and the mystery of life itself.
When a given mind stops confusing actuality with representation, it is because it has somehow come to see beyond the limitations and falsehoods inherent to self-centered thought and what this thought projects onto the future through desire. If accurate and complete enough, this perception dissolves the insecure sense of separate existence that limited and contradictory opinions and goals create and sustain. Once free of the absurd and dangerous ballast of cultural and psychological distinction this mind slips, largely unnoticed, into the ever present and welcoming embrace of its natural and actual source.
Exclusionary progress through the development of greater forms of secular and religious conceptualization operating at the tribal and personal levels is a dangerous illusion, an artificial, made-up reality with very real and ever-worsening psychological, social, and ecological effects that, at some point, life will no longer tolerate.
It is only through a sensible transit away from an alienated, and therefore necessarily conflicted, and conflictive representational existence, that the human mind become whole and thus able to bring the same healing, the same wholeness of life, to others and the wider cultural context.