“The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental levels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, a nd the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you.” “Meditations on Eckhart Tolle”
I once had a job taking inventory in a store at night, and this was when you still had to attach price labels to products. But I think we get the metaphor of the labeling machine that sticks a label on everything on the shelf. The mind is a labeling mating that sticks thought to every from it sees, so quickly, I might add, that we don’t see the mind’s activity. Labels precede perception. We think the label is the thing. Is there an Awareness that transcends labeling, that is prior to labeling? Lets find out.
You are the world and the world is you, said J. Krishnamurti. Okay, using the labeling machine metaphor. You are the label and the label is you. In other words, we believe that names (labels) we put on form is what the form is. No, there are two ways of believing the book is a book. One, I can believe that this book is absolutely a book and that book exists in this cosmos as a book, kind of a platonic idea of absolute book. If all humans disappeared, the book would still exist.
OR, I can say the book is a book but I pretend it is absolute. I suspend disbelief, which is what we do when we go to a play or movie. The movie isn’t real, but for me to enjoy and get anything out of the movie, I suspend disbelief and play that the movie is a real world.
When this sense of play is lost, we become literalists or fundamentalists, or absolutists. The world is fixed this way because of my labels, and, (as God) what I label absolutely exists. Now with the sense of play gone, everything is serious conflict of my absolute versus your absolute. Then I label you Evil because you won’t take your label off. Now I’m justified in killing you. All this because we forget how to play with reality.
The Hindus say reality is God’s Play. The Jews see God as Ironic, a jokester. That’s why the make good comics. The problem is that when we say play, we think we are not taking life seriously. This is a big mistake.
Play is not the opposite of the serious, unless we make it so, unless we label it so. Life is serious play, or play serious. The problem with labels is that you can’t have an ambiguous label. A label or a name must be clear and distinct so every one knows what you are pointing to. But Life is ambiguous. Labels don’t stick to life because Life is change. Life is a fountain. You can’t label a fountain.