There is a gulf between the world that we see and the
reality that lies behind it. As physical creatures we naturally view the
physical world as the cornerstone of our existence. Conversely, we tend
to view the spiritual world as impermanent. Friendship, fidelity, faith,
love, even ideas-the world of the mind, are not easily quantified. We
can not touch or taste them, and like wind blowing over the grass, their
effects are all we can see. Yet this "impermanent" world can
have much greater permanency than physical objects. Buildings need maintenance
and eventually fall down or are replaced, while friendships can span continents
and generations. Cars break down or rust away, but love can be eternal.
Even cities can fall into dust, while civilization itself (Eastern, Western,
African, or Oceanic) rests on ideas that are very ancient.