Look at the cracks

The material world is an illusion. Physicists and meditation practitioners agree on that. What the meditation practitioners say is that there is a world of truth beyond that illusory layer, which cannot be comprehended by the conscious mind.

The conscious mind works by labeling, separating, limiting, naming and judging. With it, we human beings built a whole way of reading the world. We have developped techniques to better interact with the material world and have mapped these techniques onto it. We have created artificial tools such as names or prices so that we can better evaluate things around us.

The thing is, these maps are not aligned with the nature of reality. They follow it closely, but not perfectly. And on certain points, they are particularly inaccurate. These are the places where we find aberrations, which are usually translated into conflicts : gender equality, money, power, …

When a market is disrupted (let’s say, electric cars), it creates big, unforeseeable and preposterous change. That’s because the previous model of reality was not accurate. For example, electric cars will reduce the number of parts an engine is made of, their fuel will not be taxed as much as gasoline, and so on.

These are great changes, but they are simply changes because the previous model was faulty. Nothing in the nature of reality required us to endorse private property, pricing, taxing some elements rather than others in the first place. These are all derived from aberrations in our way of reading the world, until we face their absurdity.

What concerns me is that a lot of people find these disruptions exciting. They thrive in the challenge of planning, adapting and thinking about how the new model will be different or better than the old one, even though there is no indication it will be more effective in mapping the reality. In these moments, we are facing our failure to read the world. Instead, we manage to find them fascinating and inspiring.

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