In our modern society, it has become apparent that the power-based world — the world of politics, government, and international finance that influences all of us — has been absolutely hypnotized and driven crazy by words and by thoughts. We have become slaves to recurring patterns in an endless stream of words. Our political leaders talk incessantly about our many problems, but it’s as if they’re speaking a foreign language one might call “memorandese.” Almost everyone has had the experience of watching a political debate and wondering afterward what on earth the candidates were talking about. To some degree, all civilized people are out of touch with real- it’s because we fail to distinguish between the way things are and the way they are described. For politicians this dichotomy has reached extreme pro- portions, but it affects everyone. We confuse money, which is an abstraction, with real wealth; we confuse the idea of who we are with the actual experience of our organic existence.
Mark Watts | Still the Mind: an Introduction of Meditation