Wednesday, December 16, 2009

infinite complexity

"When we consider the matter,
we start to see that we cannot finally seperate out any phenomena
from the context of other phenomena.
We can only really speak in terms of relationships.

In the course of our daily lives,
we engage in countless different activities
and recieve huge sensory input from all that we encounter.
The problem of misperception, which, of course, varies in degree,
usually arises because of our tendency to isolate particular aspects
of an event or experience and see them as constituting its totality.
This leads to a narrowing of perspective and from there to false expectations.
But when we consider reality itself we quickly become aware of its infinite complexity,
and we realize that our habitual perception of it is often inadequate.

If this were not so, the concept of deception would be meaningless.
If things and events always unfolded as we expected,
we would have no notion of illusion or misconception."

H.H. The Dalai Lama

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