When life gets complex, it becomes dysfunctional, and the imperative Let There Be One is activated. We see this imperative at work in every aspect of our individual and social life, in nature as well. This is the categorical imperative of the universe itself. Let there be One.
Corona comes to simply America, particularly our health care system which has become too complex given our worship of choices. Too many choices create dysfunction. The mind, the system is overloaded. It yearns for simplicity. We all yearn for simplicity, for the One.
Evolution is the process of complex to simplicity, the many to the one, and the one then become complex and inviting a new simplicity. One could say (I do) that evolution is the intention to the One, to unity, to simplicity. This drive to simplicity happens in everything and everywhere if you become aware of it.
People like living in small towns because life is simple here. On Friday at “rush hour” I can to the post office and the bank in ten minutes. We go camping, go to nature to find simplicity. Periodically, we go through and throw out all the tools we once bought to simplify our life; like Thoreau, we simplify. Of all our movie heroes, Forest Gump was the most simple.
Coronavirus is a very simple organism. It takes root in our modern society because of its complexity. When complexity comes, Simplicity is not far behind. Corona is simple because death is simple. Death is the ultimate simplicity, and when death comes, everything gets real, and reality is very, very simple.
Our meditation this morning is on Simplicity and Corona is our working metaphor. Simplicity has to be discovered. Simplicity is transcendent of the complex, and when we are living in a complex system, and we experience the pain of its dysfunction, we long for a simple solution, but we don’t know what it is. The simple cannot be found in the complex. And the complex is complex because of redundancies, useless repetitions, like our mind when it is caught in a mono-duologue or thought vortex. We go round and round looking for a simple way out. Thought itself is complex.
Corona is like diabetes: there are the Corona laws that you must obey. Keep your social distance, stay out of crowds, wear a mask, wash your hands, etc. These of the Law of Corona and if you don’t obey them, just like the laws of diabetes, you get sick. Very simple.
In order to control the simple, you have to get simple yourself. The complex cannot control the simple. Corona will simplify our heath system. Corona will simply our political systems. For the last 50 years since Nixon our politics have become dysfunctional, too complex. No one can choose the simple solution, the obvious solution. The simple get embroiled in the complex and dysfunction reigns.
Corona as death is very simple. Death is the ultimate simplicity. Nothin is more simple, more One than death. Death is the One that has no second. But simplicity feels like death to the complex. Simplicity always comes as if from outside, outside the complex. The religious would call simplicity God’s Grace. Or a natural disaster, one might say. But simplicity always brings the unknown. The Complex has no idea, cannot imagine what simplicity would be like, yet when simplicity comes, we recognize it immediately. Our basic nature is simplicity. We recognize what we already always are, but we only know it when we see it.
Steve Jobs would push his designers until they created the simplicity he knew was there, but could no know until he saw it. Don Draper in Mad Men pushes for the simple slogan and will not know it until he sees it as an Ad Satori. That’s IT! A single idea resolves the complex problem.
Zen is the ultimate simplicity. Zen art is very simple. Zen furniture, decorations very simple. Tea ceremony is very simple. Zen is One taste. Just This is the simplicity of Now. Now is the One that has no second now. Eckhart Tolle is Zen this way. Buddhism meditation and mindfulness evolves to the simple, the empty. Empty is very very simple. Empty is the One that has no second, and because it has no second, Very simple. Simple is the One that is unambiguous. Yet the Simple Empty One is not unambiguous. Empty is also full. Empty is full, full is empty.
Is this simple enough for you? You are the One that has no second. But, here’s the irony, the One that has no second is both inclusive and exclusive. You are the One that includes the many, the two faces of the One. Zoom out and. you no end to you: zoom in and you find no end to you. There is no boundary to you.