As if through the wrong end of a telescope. Very small figures move in and out of the circle.
It is a life spent chasing shadows.
Michael said, and then you come to the dharma, and it's even worse. Because you discover that, not only are your plans for worldly happiness never going to work, but also that you can't abandon them. Stopping believing in them by no means ends their power over you: they still run your life.
But there's light leaking in everywhere, joy welling in in through the seams. Yes, the ship is going down, but that doesn't mean what we've been taught to think it means.
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, said the Christ. Not because Caesar is right, but because Caesar doesn't matter. We have more important things to do.