An all-you-care-to-eat buffet restaurant. A vast, sumptuous array of foods. Delicious, healthful and some less than nutritious. Some people leave satisfied and refueled for life. Some people are on a diet and were dragged along by friends. They eat very little and don’t really get their money’s worth and feel a little cheated. Some people are just very finicky and hard to please. They turn their noses up at everything and leave hungry. A college football team descends en masse after a long, hard practice session. They each devour an enormous amount of food. So much that the manager is close to showing them the door. Some people just load up on desserts. The same opportunity different experiences and outcomes.
In the 1958 movie Auntie Mame the high-living irrepressible title character says, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”
It’s all out there. The infinite universal quantum all-you-can-eat buffet. No charge! All you care to take. And most people are living small, unsatisfactory lives. Most people are worse than the finicky eaters who leave the buffet restaurant still hungry. Most poor suckers are figuratively starving to death.
The all-you-can-eat analogy is woefully inadequate. No restaurant has it all. And restaurants that have a vast array tend to sacrifice quality. The universe has it all. Except for the not. There is no not in the is of the universe. Only a creation of the mind of man. Only a creation of the ego which cannot accept a reality that exists independent of the ego, the self.
As at the buffet there is no need to take, steel or beg from the other diners, there is no need to be jealous, envious or covetous of others. The restaurant keeps replenishing their offerings. But even they have a limit. If they get hit really hard, they may run out of a particular food. The universe has it all. And enough for all without stealing from others.
Some people go for it at the all-you-can-be-do-have universe buffet. They dream, work and give it their all. They manage to live full, meaningful, rich lives. Others get by with their little diet plate envying those who are taking full advantage of all that can be had.
There is nothing wrong in going to such a restaurant and having a light meal other than it may be a waste of money. However, it would be goofy to leave the restaurant complaining that you didn’t get enough to eat. Likewise there is nothing wrong with living a life that some would consider small and modest. However, it would be silly to complain about it.
The choice is yours. Poor starving sucker. Or very well satisfied customer of the universe’s buffet
Mame was also fond of enthusiastically saying, “Live, live, live”.
Live, love, give, create, appreciate, realize, laugh, smile, enjoy, rejoice. LIVE, LIVE, LIVE!!!!!!!