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Once, in a psychology class, we watched a short video as a sort of experiment. There were 6 people, 3 in white and 3 in black, all tossing basketballs back and forth among their respectively colored teams, weaving around each other, mixed in, passing the balls. We were told to count how many times the white team passed their ball among themselves. At the end, the professor asked us if we noticed anything strange, and although a reasonable portion of the class had, they couldn't quite name what it was. The rest of us, myself included, didn't notice anything. There were also a couple kids who knew what the deal was, because they hadn't been counting. He replayed the video, and in the middle of it a man in a gorilla suit walks through the group, stops in the middle to beat his chest at the camera, then walks out again.
Imagine the vast quantity of experience we are missing because we're so lost in our little mental movies! Who knows what's passing us by, every second? Yes, I want peace of mind, and I'm interested in so-called enlightenment, but mainly, I just want to see what's really there. I'd hate to miss out on something good. This is why I'm attracted to Zen, psychology, philosophy, science, and the like.