The feeling that one must BE something is the beginning of deception, and, of course, this idealistic attitude leads to various forms of hypocrisy.The truth is that our desire to be something is ultimately destructive. This desire to be something other than what we are translates into pretension and the ugliest forms of hypocrisy. And obviously, if we desire to be something other than what we are, we will automatically desire that others be something other than what they are. What results is that the real me doesn't relate to the real you. Rather, the desired image I have of myself meets with the desired image I have of you. Phantoms meeting in the darkness. Religion and church is the perfect place for this to occur. It is the supreme culture for growing the disease of discontent, frustration and, in the end, hypocrisy. I used to believe that theologically we are all screwed up. Over the years my experience has confirmed this. We all are sufferers living in a world of suffering. The first step to wholeness and peace is honesty with ourselves and with others. The fine art photograph is the creation of my friend, Mark Hemmings, and is from his mannequin series.
I suppose Krishnamurti is becoming known to you by now as one of my favorite philosophers. Here's another quote that strikes me as potently true: