[Missing from between 04.01.11. ”Hope” and 05.01.11. ”The Pendulum Swings”]
In the self-designated First World of the so-called civilized peoples our vanity is such that we even have to find a euphemism for “old” in reference to the human body although, paradoxically, we make every effort to extend its life across the entire spectrum of possibilities.
The underlying flaw in all this is our excessive identification with our body as our main identity instead of viewing it for what it is – a temporary vehicle serving a temporary purpose; a vehicle we should accept, respect and nurture but not worship vaingloriously.
What is required for spiritual progress is non-attachment to the body in the course of attaining non-attachment to all things.