Reexamination of our common Sense / Überprüfung unseres Menschenverstandes / Reexame do nosso Sentido Comum / Reexamen de nuestro Sentido Común

What I think an awakening really involves is a re-examination of our common sense. We’ve got all sorts of ideas built into us which seem unquestioned, obvious. And our speech reflects them; its commonest phrases. Face the facts. As if they were outside you. As if life were something they simply encountered as a foreigner. Face the facts. Our common sense has been rigged, you see?

So that we feel strangers and aliens in this world, and this is terribly plausible, simply because this is what we are used to. That’s the only reason. But when you really start questioning this, say is that the way I have to assume life is? I know everybody does, but does that make it true?’ It doesn’t necessarily. It ain’t necessarily so. So then as you question this basic assumption that underlies our culture, you find you get a new kind of common sense. It becomes absolutely obvious to you that you are continuous with the universe.

For example, people used to believe that people who lived in the Antiguas would fall off, and that was scary. But then somebody sailed around the World, and we all got used to it, we travel around in jet planes and everything. We have no problem feeling that the Earth is globular. None whatever. We got used to it.

So in the same way Einstein’s relativity theories – the curvature of the propagation of light, that began to bother people when Einstein started talking about that. But now we’re all used to it, and relativity and things like that are a matter of common sense today. Well, in a few years, it will be a matter of commons sense to many people that they’re one with the universe. It’ll be so simple. And then maybe if that happens, we shall be in a position to handle our technology with more sense. With Love instead of with hate for our environment.

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