The sun seems like the ultimate symbol of stability. We set clocks and order our days to it. It is regularity itself.
The idea of embroiling the sun in drama is ridiculous. It is mammoth, immovable. Up against it we are fleas. It couldn’t be bothered. We are as nothing to it.
But the substance of the sun is pure drama. It is made not of complex molecules, not of matter harmonized into organisms or civilizations, but of the most raw, basic, elemental stuff: hydrogen raging in continuous collision, immense pressure, burning, exploding, fusing. The sun is a mosh pit of hydrogen. The sun is an angry comment thread of hydrogen.
But from the outside it looks like a tranquil giant.
And it is.
That’s the point.
Tranquil giants are made of microscopic, petty drama.
Tranquil giants maybe just look tranquil on the outside.
Or, maybe actually they are pretty tranquil on the inside too.
Who can know?
We can’t always be afraid to get basic.
The trick is to accept that samsara is nirvana. The whole purpose of being here is to get sucked in, not to be above it.
Once you accept the drama, you can actually feel pretty detached about it.
Hell, you might even learn a sense of humor.
And we are free to pick and choose our battles, and how we engage in them. The tranquil giant may gaze down at its own raging maelstrom of hydrogen-collisions, decide that this particular little conflict is particularly interesting, lean in and get its hands dirty in it, and see another one and decide that this particular one is not interesting, and keep its hands out and remain above the fray.
It can be wise about precisely how, and how often, it chooses to engage as well. Too little pushing against outside obstacles leads to implosions and depression; depression is anger turned inward. Too much outward pushing leads to over-extension and cascading losses. There is a just-perfect balance between them to gain and hold the optimal amount of ground. Fine-tuning always takes finesse; experience helps. There is always a bit of guesswork involved between missing opportunities and chasing opportunities that aren’t actually there.