We Have No Idea What's Going On


Deep down inside, each of us knows we have no idea what’s going on. We don’t know. We don’t know why we occupy this body. We don’t know when we are born, where we came from. Don’t know why we are on this planet. We don’t know. Nobody knows. So what we do very interestingly, is we pretend we know. Some people take it quite vigorously. They take on a set of beliefs. They are ready to fight over them or kill over them. Abuse other people over them. And that reinforces their beliefs. The question isn’t, "I need to figure this out." The question is actually here [pointing to his abdomen.] What am I? What is this? What is true nature? In asking this question we are opening ourselves up. Zen practices itself is actually a self actualization practice. It’s not dependent on anything else. It’s up to each one of us to self actualize. If deep down inside we don’t know, then really the self actualization is becoming completely comfortable with not knowing. That’s what human beings are.