When someone says, “The world is mad”, one’s really talking about the human race, about us, in effect, saying, “we are mad!” But, of course, no one wants to admit this actually, that we are the problem, the only problem: that is to say, the world only mirrors us.

For example, if we see evil in another, is not that evil also in us? The image of it being in the mind a reflection of our own consciousness standing there in the guise of another? How else could we see it, the evil? And, more importantly, ever know it, not to mention, ever resolve it, if the evil is not in us as in the other?

We are the patterns of our behavior; maintaining these foundations is what forms our character. And because most of us take the physical body, with its self-centeredness (ego), to be the center of awareness, everything we do, think or feel this moment goes out from there; which is to say, it all starts with us…and returns to us by way of the other.

Indeed, from childhood we have reinforced these patterns and the character that has become us, both having been made instinctual, seemingly natural. But, in getting caught up in the conceptual sensation of this moment we don’t see through that, as most of us only see the object image, thing-event before us–and believe it all starts from there. Thus if it’s evil that we see, then the evil must be the other, but not me!

Our senses work fine, but they are partial, housed in the body/mind, and we remain blind to their entrapment, even to the conceptual sensation that we think of as us; and thus having become dependent on things “out there”, we fail to recognize the hidden component of our own complicity in the matter.

Sometimes, it seems as if there’s a demon in the air, or in us, who makes crazy things happen, as if to plague us or just frustrate us to the core. And we wish evermore he would just stop! Stop and be still, thus becoming totally aware of our own reflection (projection) in the mirror that’s the other, and what it’s doing to ourself, to our world; for it’s not what happens in the world but how we respond in kind that reveals our own complicity in the matter.

So, if the world is mad, and it is, it’s because the pattern of our collective behavior is madness, perpetual madness, and like perpetual motion, will never cease…until we see through the demon (ego-satan) that’s us, and in becoming fully aware, resolve our own complicity in the matter.