Is Awareness the Virtue or Liability?
We saw what is awareness in the previous post and now we will see how this can act as an 'Asset' or 'Liability' depending upon how we use it. This faculty has been bestowed only for human beings among all creations the reason of which only the creator may know. Awareness is the faculty by which we make choices in our life which decides our destiny. The animals function only based on their 'Instincts' like the computer functions as per the operating system. For example a Carnivores animal can eat only meat or if not available may even starve to death but won't eat grass. But human beings can make choices to be a 'Vegan' or otherwise. These choice making ability is the result of this faculty called 'Awareness'.
Having seen the functionality of this great feature nature has blessed us, let's see how we are using it. Due to awareness we understand we are alive and know we will die one day. When we were a small child, when we witnessed someone died we were curious to know why they are not moving and asked our elders. They could not explain the truth and said 'they have gone to God'. We later understood what is death is all about.
Everyone has a fear of death as we don't know where we will be after it happens. Although we know we cannot escape from death still we want to try somehow. The historians say 200 million years ago there was no 'Economy' as homo Sapiens lived in the forest along with animals. Later in the name of Civilization once we found 'Money', everyone felt if we have enough money we can escape from death and started aggrandizing wealth like a mad Ghose.
Since we have nothing else to do in life on one side and the fear of death is gripping us on the other, we are chasing wealth thinking that is all we have. That is the folly of mankind. Do you think this would be only purpose of creator who blessed us with Awareness. If not what else would be his Leela? Let us wait few more lessons before I can answer this question.