WHY HAVE ALL THESE INGESTION METAPHORS…?

December 27th, 2017

I’m not certain when magic pills became a thing, but they are ubiquitous in 21st century culture. Why do any kind of hard work like exercising, monitoring what and how much you eat, avoiding harmful substances like tobacco, alcohol or heroin, when you can just take a vitamin or a hit of Naloxone and keep on keeping on?

Change is never easy. Lots of Americans are already preparing for one last hedonistic blast Sunday night before committing to the annual ritual of vowing to be better the next morning. Health clubs and gyms across the country are salivating over their Black Monday, the day millions will spend millions on memberships that they’ll allow to lapse sometime before Martin Luther King Day.

Taking the red pill means asking basic questions about the relationship of the perceiver to the perceived and examining the underpinnings of our normal view of reality. If you’re thinking seriously about taking the red pill, you’ll curious as to whether the Buddhist view of the world works not just in a a therapeutic sense but in a more philosophical sense. p. 23

From Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Process is everything and the journey is the goal. So take the red pill and get to work.

Previously…

Found in my electronic chapbook.

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