Little Zen Masters
The education system of Pala has me wishing I were developed with the same processes. The main distinction is the practice of mindfulness. When I was introduced to mindfulness, my perception of the world had completely changed. The children aren’t lied to about how the world works; they have a better grasp of themselves and their surroundings. Society inevitably feeds all in its territory and it’s for this reason we so easily become disconnected from ourselves. Without mindfulness, beings are prone to be unaware of what’s happening. Heedlessness provokes a state of disarray; all the while life becomes seemingly dull. Distraction chimes in when we lose sight of “what’s what”.
Being present in time and space reveals a lens of inconceivability. I recall a moment of insight where I have baffled my self about life. I was appreciating the creation of cameras in the sense that humans have literally created an external eye that captures moments. I then questioned what it would be like to perceive through an eagle’s eye. Unfortunately I still don’t know what it’s like to see through the eyes of an eagle, but the point is that this filled my mind with awe.
Challenging the children of Pala to be aware of whom they are creates a sophisticated adolescence. When balance is sought, the effort needed in alignment becomes clear. Mindfulness formulates a Cartesian lens that contributes to the distinction of “I and not I”. Will’s lackluster awareness manifested through his relationship with Molly. The circumstance held him back with cynical ignorance for the years to come until he reminisced with awareness. Mindfulness encapsulates the distinction between who you think you are and who you actually are. Aldous Huxley brought forth an education system that helped the Palanesians contribute to their society, starting at the roots.
Island by Aldous Huxley