Here's a terrific point to share:
In a room, there are three beings. There's a human, a preta, and an enlightened being. In the middle of the room, there is a diamond, a large pure diamond. The light refracts and the human sees yellow. From the preta's angle, he sees blue...and the enlightened being sees red. Who's perception is valid?
A valid perception is anything which appears to an unaffected state of mind. Unaffected means that it is not under the influence of alcohol or an acid trip, on a moving vehicle, or under severe emotional stress. Therefore, they are all having a valid perception.
Now, it is true that the value of things is in the one applying the value to the thing. But, the thing itself has a basis for which we are all having parallel perceptions toward. That means that if someone tells you that a dog could just as easily
be a shoe to you, they are seriously mistaken. A dog and a shoe have different CONVENTIONAL bases for definitions. A dog is not something that you put on your feet to keep them warm, and you don't pet shoes. A failure to understand the conventional is what becomes defined as insane, or uncommon. They do not ULTIMATELY exist by the definitions that we give them, but they are a product of your perceptions and to deny that they exist in a manner that contradicts they're conventional reality is borderline nihilism. They are empty of inherent existence. Emptiness does not DENY they're conventional existence but DEFINE it.
If you want to see that diamond as red, you have to get up and move from your spot to where the enlightened being is...seeing it red. If you do not want to see it blue, don't do the things that are gonna make you get up and sit where the preta sees it refract as blue. We have to make a change, we have to get up and move to
another point where the light is refracting in a different color...or better yet, no color.
As long as space remains, as long as living beings remain, until then - may I too remain to dispel the sufferings of the world. - Master Shantideva
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