What Is This?
"It's only a trap if you don't know what a trap looks like." I've read that in a few comment postings over the last week or so, and it's a wonderfully zen-deadpan turn of phrase...
But what does a trap look like? Does it look like a zen alarm clock, or like happiness, or like Enlightenment; does it look like permenance? After all, how else is a trap baited but with something appealing, something desired? If I wanted to catch my dog I'd set the trap with peanut butter; if I wanted to catch my little brother I'd set the trap with Salma Hayek; if I wanted to catch myself I'd set the trap with my own eternal soul. It's a comforting idea, the soul, the atman, that spiritual intelligence.
What would that trap look like? Would I know it when the box dropped over me?