The nature of the mind taking place in each of us is the same. It has the capacity to know, to feel, and to perceive, together with its mental activities. What is it then that makes us different from each other from the perspective of the mind? Views.
Views determine the outcome of who we are and also how we experience situations. Views also determine our conceptual conclusions of who we are. Superiority, inferiority or equality are effects of views — how we view ourselves in comparison with others.
Views also determine our emotions. Sadness or happiness is not a result of merely what we experience. A similar experience may generate different emotions among individuals, depending on how they view it.
Views are the outcome of how we perceive experiences, and those views in turn determine how we experience similar situations later on. Views of similar nature, produce agreement and views that in conflict, result in disagreement. Right or wrong, many a times, though not always, are simply a matter of views.
If views have such a vast influence on our beingness, surely how we relate with another, or with the world for that matter, will be governed, by what’s being perceived and by the views in our mind. And if that is true, and knowing that views also make us different from each other, how then can we ever find constant happiness or even constant unhappiness in life. There is none. That is the true nature of the world.
The only way in maneuvering through life with minimal stress will be exploring the views our minds have which draw us into either happiness or sadness — views that are beneficial and views that are not. That requires awareness. Awareness of our own mind.