The Living Force
T.C. said:For starters, I think it would be impossible to end up in a situation where you were ever the last human being in existence. This in itself implies that our existence only has any purpose in relation to other people. When you have lived in such abject misery and despair, you realise that you wouldn't wish such a state on even your worst enemy. So then what is the reason for my suffering? It is to understand the suffering of others, and when you can get out of your own self-centred narcissism for two seconds, you realise the amount of pain and suffering other people are going through.
The above, and the sense of gratitude for the gifts we've received as aleana, Keit, and others alluded to is really important to keep in mind, I think. It does get easier over time to keep such things in the forefront and keep from falling into the self-centered grip of the Predator's Mind. It all reminds me of Castaneda's Don Juan saying that once the glowing coat of awareness grows above the toes, it continues to grow to its original size (Don Juan earlier having said that that's what the cosmic Predators eat - the glowing coat of awareness - leaving just enough of it where everything is taken up in the self-centered preoccupations and nonsensical obsessions the Predators inject to get a flare of awareness to consume). So pushing the Predator away long enough to have the awareness grow above the toes, so to speak metaphorically, starts the process of restoring it to its original size and shape. Then we gain in Being, understanding, and ability to eventually DO (consistently in the same direction). Or so I think.