Patient: “Doctor, doctor, every time I drink tea I get a sharp pain in my eye.”
Doctor: “Have you tried removing the spoon?”
(It’d be unsurprising to learn that the doctor prescribed painkillers but that’s another discussion.)
It can take a different perspective to see that something as obvious as removing the spoon – generally not considered harmful to health! – from our cup of tea can save us unnecessary pain. And it’s an alternative to mainstream Western culture that will offer the path to a life of less suffering.
If you’re wondering, “What’s missing?” it’s doubtful you’ll find the answer. Instead, turn the question on its head and ask, “What’s surplus?” It’s much more likely pondering this question will point you toward the right path.