‘For know, rash world, that in this star crost world Reality drives us all to find our chiefest good in what we can, and not in what we would.’ *
‘What we would’ is cosmically wrong because it ignores what Reality has in mind for all existence, including us.
Ideologies, religions, fashionable fads and thoughts, human logic and reasoning are ‘What we would’ rather than Reality. They are mental constructs, myths and imagination, not the real thing. They are what produces and maintains human chaos – including the painful warlike kind – as well as anarchy, anger, attachment and ego.
‘What we can’ is, for instance, the secret heart of Zen, ‘going with the flow (of Reality)’.
Mystics will also present you with the possibility of ‘going into the Silence’ for all the answers you’ll ever need.
The idea we can do anything otherwise is a cosmic joke and never very funny throughout human history …
Some identify our wilfulness as an evil that bedevils humans and humanity.
The good news is, Reality is apparently unperturbed by human chaos. It always prevails eventually.
(From when I was assured ‘All Is Well’ in one of my Mystical Experiences of Reality – MERs – I can only pass on that Reality’s time to get things done is not our time, and our time is not Reality’s …).
*With apologies to George Bernard Shaw, Irish born British author, playwright and political activist, 26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950, who used the words ‘Fate’, not Reality and ‘rash youth’ not rash world …