Throughout our lives, we live based on ideas and information that come from an impression of understanding life, not the reality of life. No matter how much we attempt to understand life from the outside, we still experience a lot of pain, stress, internal anger, and jealousy.
Ideas of love, compassion, equality, and goodness are all far away; we don’t even reflect on those things – It is all about me, and what I want, and even if I have enough, the uncertainty of life continues to torment me.
That itself says that we are not given the actual knowledge of what it is to be alive or what the meaning of life is. That is something an individual has to find for himself. We don’t know why we are here, we don’t know what the purpose of education is, we don’t know what the purpose of our government is, we don’t know who is there to help or who is there to hurt; we are living in total darkness.
Meditation is the light we can use to illuminate our lives to understand how other people are taking advantage of our minds and bodies, and how someone else is taking advantage of our ignorance. If you are being used, the worst thing is to not know it: to just simply live and die in that system where you are thoroughly used and then discarded.
The second worst thing is to know it and not do anything about it – to know that this is the purpose of the system. What subjects did I study in my school? What were the benefits of the subjects? How much am I using these subjects for my personal happiness? Was there even a consideration for my personal happiness and my personal well-being, or was it just about trying to fit me into a system? Does this system even look at me as a human being or does it look at me like a resource?
The moment you understand that you are alone responsible for yourself, then you can see yourself as a part of the system and world you are in. Only then, can you begin to meaningfully change your life and those around you.