Through the Hole of the Bagel
(A bagel is a circular special bread with a hole in the middle)
If you think about it, the hole in the bagel has existed even before the bagel was created. We're a lot like that, if you think about it. My great-great uncle, known as Bagelhole 1, used to go around the cafeterias to collect bagel holes that people inevitably left over and put them in a big sack that always seemed empty, but when he draped it over his shoulders and all bent over, it seemed very heavy. He was way ahead of his time because he believed it was the hole in the bagel that was important, rather than the "meat" in the bagel that everyone loved to eat. He was an anti-materialist. He believed that if you put your finger through the hole in the bagel, you could feel the pulsing of the universe if you were sensitive enough, and if you looked through the hole, you could see infinity, and if you arranged the bagels one on top of the other, you could climb to the moon. The least that one could say about him was that his spirituality was eccentric.
Somehow I am similar to that. My spiritual path is also kind of eccentric. My way is to cherish the moments between the sounds of barking dogs, to feel eternally grateful for these times, and also for not stepping on any dog poop. I believe that the world has gone to the dogs and that it is almost impossible to escape incessant barking. You might think that the Arctic and Antarctic are the only places on the planet where you can enjoy a bark-free zone, but if you think about it again, you will realize that even there you will be annoyed by the barking sounds of the seals.
I have tried to transcend the incessant, ubiquitous barking, though it seems that Ecuadorians are very good at transcending them, since they will never bother to stop their dog from barking, but I have not succeeded, perhaps due to the probable likelihood of a theory that I have; that in a past life I was eaten by a group of ravenous barking dogs.
The creator, if there is one, created wonderful sounds like the songs of birds or the rustle of leaves in the wind, but in contrast, created the barking of dogs and car alarms. He, She, It also created cute and cuddly creatures like babies, puppies, rabbits, etc and by contrast He,Etc also created disgusting creatures like rats, cockroaches, and mosquitoes, although rats can sometimes make good pets, and maybe cockroaches too (though I can't find any cockroach lover groups on Duck,Duck,Go).
I know that an enlightened attitude would be to accept everything with grace, the good, the bad and the ugly. One must accept everything. But that doesn't mean everything like cruelty, injustice and barking dogs must be tolerated. Is it not true?
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