Sheldon’s Spot on the Big Bang is a metaphor for our center of the world. When we lose it, when someone sits in it or uses our Waffle House Cup, the world waffles. We need to understand how this Spot, this Center, this False Idol works and why we need one. The False Idol makes our material world go round. Buddha calls it the Wheel of Samsara, or wheel of suffering.
When we invest in a special cup, like my Waffle House cup, we create a hole in our record so our music can play. As a metaphor for the Center that holds my world together, the Waffle House cup is interesting because waffle means going back and forth, oscillating like the sound waves of a mike in an amplifier. TURN IT OFF!
When we attach to a center, invest in something that orientates is in the world, that we depend upon to give us security and a place, we create a waffle in the world because every center is defined as two. The One is defined and exists because it is Two. My cup is special because it is not other cups. It is only because of other cups that MY CUP is special.
In other words, my special unique cup makes me unique, so I attach to that cup and defend it and won’t let others use it. We create false idols in order to feel unique in a world of ordinary cups.
What is your center?
Where is the hole in your record upon which the music of your life plays?
Where is the center of your clock around which the hands of your make your day?
Where is the space in your cup from which you drink?
Where is the pole around which your merry-go-round does go.
Where is your center? We must have a center of we are just a snowflake in the storm. You have to make a snowman as your center and worship it, otherwise, you have no center; you are just a lost snowflake.
We assume that the world, that reality is material, space dust if you will, but something, so to find our center we have to have something. Even an IDEA is something.
Yet every center that is something is external to me; I attach myself to my center. And the more people I can get to attach themselves to my center the stronger my center feels; the stronger I feel.
The Bible that is the center for the Protestant, says that any form that is held as one’s center is a false idol. The irony is that the Bible warns those who make the Bible their center that the Bible has become a False Idol.
When we create a False Idol or false center, we do that be creating at the same time what our center is not. A center in form creates an opposite, Not My Center at the same time. They rise together.
When you create up, you create down, even though you are going up.
You know you are going to have to come down.
A False Center creates a vortex of the Center and its Opposite going round and found, each trying to find the true center. Today, America is caught in this vortex because one-third of the nation has created a False Center that defines itself by not being the Other half of the nation.
This is a classic double-bind where if attack the False Center you make it stronger; if you don’t attack it, it expands to bury you. Lose/lose is a dilemma. A dilemma is a situation where you must choose but cannot because each choice makes you lose.
If I can understand my Waffle House Cup I can understand Trump, I can understand what makes the world go round. In Zen (my favorite Waffle Cup of Buddhism) The Wheel of Samsara and the Wheel of Dharma are the same wheel. Nirvana and Samsara are One. Or, we can say Heaven and Earth are one.
When I invest myself in my Waffle Cup, I and my Cup are One. That’s why I get angry if someone uses it (Don’t forget, friends, I’m just making this up as an example of attachment to something as my center). Look at all your special things and image what you would feel is someone broke it. Is it just a cup? Or is that cup a piece of you? If someone really admired your cup, could you give it to them?
When we attach to things, we create mini-false idols. And when we fixed an object as being special to us, we fix ourselves. Can you see that? We fix ourselves in an impermanent world by fixing objects as special and unique. We make ourselves unique by collecting and fixing ourselves to unique objects.
If I don’t feel unique, I feel I don’t exist. I’m just another cup on a shelf of cups.
We live in a Waffle House (metaphor warning) Waffling of flip-flopping is the burning rubber tire Republicans always hung around the neck of Democrats. He flip-flops, meaning the Democrat doesn’t stick to fixed principles, or a fixed center. And I am desribing a “fixed center” as a False Idol that keeps our world in place like a tent pole (tent principle)
So the Republican criticism of the Democrat as being a flip-flopper is interesting and reveals more than we assume. The Republican Party has always been the Party of Fixed Principles you can depend upon. A fixed principle or Law holds our world in place, and in times of change, like the one we are in now, this is ultimately important, as we feel we are caught in an avalanche of change heading towards some cliff.
The Great Irony is that Trump flip-flops like a fish on the dock. But the greater truth is that the world is a waffle house or flip-floping place where every flip has an opposite flop. You create one flip, you also create the flop at the same time. No flip goes without its flop. Flip-flop is the sound of reality, the pairs-of-opposites on Noah’s Ark (metaphor warning)
No principle can stop the world from flip-flopping. We are all out of the water of the One Ocean and flip-flopping on the dock. Where is the Ocean? Where is the Garden of Unity (which means no flip-flopping). Were is our lost paradise? Our lost center?
Since I am dependent upon circumstance from me to feel centered and secure when situations change, I feel I’m losing it, so I either double-down on the center (principle) I have clung to or get a new one. I may join a cult.
When the center is lost, when I lose my Flip as center, the Flop attacks me and I fall into a vicious vortex going down the drain. The Flip fights the Flop to restore the One Center.