Examining Seemingly Solid Appearances
You are getting angry because someone has harmed, is harming, or will harm you, your family, or your friend. In that flash of rage, you feel that both the subject (I), and the object (the enemy), are tangible, independent entities. Because you mistakenly accept the appearance of things, anger is generated. Therefore, at or even before that first flash of rage make use of reason to examine:
Who am I?
Who is this one who is being hurt?
What is the enemy?
Is the enemy the body of this other person?
Is the enemy his or her mind?
If you examine things in this way, the enemy who previously seemed to be created in and of herself or himself as something to get angry at, and this “Ï” who was inherently created to be hurt, seem to disappear. And the anger breaks apart."
"This is Halloween?" I’m sorry, you misheard me. I said "This is hollow ennui." The autumn days, they pass by, but they mean nothing. I am as empty inside as a pumpkin with its seeds scooped out, only there is no candle inside, no inner light. Beneath this sheet lurks only the ghost of possibility. I throw the eggs. I throw the toilet paper. I feel nothing. No tricks, no treats. Only silence.