RS Part17: Appreciation
PART 17 Experiencing life is all a matter of perception: physical events exist only in our mental awareness of them. There is a popular Ch’an koan which asks: “if a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?” The answer is no. What we call sound is only a disturbance in the atmosphere until it reaches something that can “hear” it, and a mind that can interpret it as a noise. A manmade mechanism left in the forest can detect the level of air disturbance, but it is not a sound until a mind defines the reading or recording as such. Colours exist because there are eyes to see them, and a consciousness to identify the electrical response of the cells as an image. “One must truly appreciate what it means to have the opportunity to exist in this form. Realizing the significance of your life, because every specific sensation is available to you only once, and never again, leads one to understand that life has great value.