Can One Function Without Ambition?

=== JKrishnamurti.org – Daily Quote ===

Can one function without ambition?

Can one live in this world without ambition, without the image of pleasure which thought has created? Can one function technologically, outwardly, without this poison of ambition?

It can be done, but it is possible only when we understand the origin of thinking and understand actually, factually, the unreality of the division between the observer and the observed.

Then we can proceed, because then virtue has a totally different meaning. It is not the moral virtue of an ugly, corrupt society, but virtue which is order.

Virtue, like humility, is not something to be cultivated by thought. Thought is not virtuous; it is bourgeois, petty, and thought cannot possibly understand either love or virtue or humility.

The Collected Works, Vol. XVI – 170

=== Thoughts ===

As we discussed yesterday, the greatest problem humanity faces is our tendency to divide ourselves from our surroundings, from other people, and from the environment at large, with the illogical, irrational, and false construction of the “self”. Dialetic thought- “light” vs. “dark”, “hate” vs. “love”, and all the rest, are the inevitable result of such a division- of “self” vs. “other”.

And in dialectical thought- with a manichean outlook on the world- how could we ever hope to understand that which actually exists “reality”, “God”, or “truth”- or whatever else you want to call it?

As long as the division remains between “self” and “other”, or as Krishnamurti puts it- “the observer” and “the observed”- we’re stuck in a repetitive, endless cycle of suffering- known to the Buddhists as Samsara.

The good news is that there IS a solution to our dilema, a simple solution, though it is quite difficult to achieve- considering we’ve been brainwashed for 20, 30, 50, or however many years we’ve been on this planet: to completely give up our attachment to the “self”.

To erase self-importance, to cease dividing between the false construct of “ourselves” and “others”, or to wipe out the “I”.

Have you ever looked into the origin of the symbol of the Christian Cross?

You might be surprised to find out it’s true meaning

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