‘Humans of New York’ is a social media phenomenon that provides followers a glimpse into the lives of a vast array of New York City’s inhabitants. There was a certain update that stuck with me:
“I had an intense mushroom trip one time where I realised that I was trying to be a lot of things that I didn’t want to be. I realised that I liked the idea of my life more than my life. So I dumped my boyfriend and went to work on organic farms.”
“I realised that I liked the idea of my life more than my life”
“Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each “eye” of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering “like” stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.”
– Indra’s net (or web), as described by Francis Harold Cook in Hua-Yen Buddhism. In short, Indra’s web is a metaphor for the interconnectedness and continuousness of all things.