What have Pictures to do with Reality?
What has a picture to do with how we relate and respond to life?  What has a picture to do with life at all? We own pictures on paper, in videos, digital or in whatever form: painted, drawn or taken mechanically. Pictures are obviously trying to make copies of life, but they are only second hand copies and not more. They might be a kind of medium, so that one can recreate the real in one's memory... 

We are not only surrounded by pictures - our heads are full of pictures, images and concepts of all kinds. And then we try to fit all these artificially made constructions to reality, or we try to fit reality to our pictures, getting confirmation for all this which is part of ourselves because we are identified with it. These pictures - stored as memory - are our property and part of our personality. We are fighting for them and defending them. We are classifying them and putting them into boxes. There are pictures we like to see and others we put as far away as possible, hiding and suppressing them... We are reacting to pictures as if they are alive. From this reason alone a huge industry has built up around it, becoming an important way to influence and manipulate people, often being used by politicians and money-makers...

There is hardly anything unknown. We have given names to everything and with this we have made pictures out of everything. We are still like people from the stone age, believing that by giving a name to something unknown then we can feel more secure. Probably here started all the 'religious' manipulations by some clever guys telling people that behind the clouds there are the thunder god and that he could be calmed by giving presents to him... and then it started that we were praying to this image! I guess this has a long history in the 'culture' of pictures and from there it has its enormous importance. But the truth is that we know very little, we have just scratched the surface. We don't know ourselves and not what might be beyond our limited horizon. We are still at the beginning of our human evolution.

Isn't it interesting that in our days 'pictures' are so much dominating our presence? Pictures stimulate our fantasy and so we like to watch TV and movies and read magazines... Isn't it strange that if we look at a beautiful landscape that looking through the viewer of a camera makes this view more special? Maybe then the landscape becomes more like a picture because it has a frame? Are we able to see beauty without a frame? Are we capable to be aware of what is around us without comparing it automatically with the already stored pictures? And then using it for our self confirmation by accepting known pictures or rejecting or ignoring every thing else unknown? Isn't this the way money-makers are manipulating us, connecting pictures which comfort us with the item they want to sell? And it works as we are mostly unconscious about it...

We are still like little children playing with our doll or teddy bear, believing that they are alive and real. So we are living in a fantasy world of pictures, images and concepts! Oh gosh! Let's wake up and take responsibility for the reality within and around us, being aware how much we are limited because of our stored pictures!

The fact that we have a kind of self consciousness, meaning we have started to be aware of ourselves, has  the side effect that we are blowing ourselves up to the utmost maximum. We are filling up ourselves with all kinds of property: material, feelings and intellectual, and all this is closely connected with our pictures... 'Personality' is an illusion, it exist because we are identified with all kind of stuff. Not only pictures but also the property of our mind like knowledge, our feelings and all the material things we have collected. As more we own, as more we believe we exist, so it never is enough. That's why we try to stimulate our senses, collect more knowledge, like to be provoked in our emotions, etc. and last not least try to make money more than we need...

We even cling on our suffering because of the same reason or in a perverse variation some people get their satisfaction out of making others suffer... The variations are endless and always with the intention to get the feeling of existence out of it. If not in a positive way then in a negative one...

If you are satisfied with your picture world then go on, but if you are starting to get tired then maybe it is time to question your self image and all other pictures...

BeiYin

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