sry for the sidenote, i was pretty impacted by the ‘one thing’ comment the old cowboy gave, as i begin to understand i see the answer to most problems is simple, therefore the answer to life will be too.
my thought on the ‘one thing’ though is, whatever we decide that one thing is, make sure it is a sustainable answer, something that is not going to fail you or whither away,
i say this because i think most people decide that ‘one thing’ is something external, something that does not last, therefore when that one thing dissipates or fails them, they are left with nothing
@tine, the lesson is learnt. You also make a good point. People do indeed do that and it results in that exact outcome. In that scenario the choice of one’s “one thing” was wrong in the first place. The how and why you find your “one thing” is more important that the “what”. The what is almost completely irrelevant.
This is a lesson in finding the way. Finding inner peace. That is the “one thing” that binds us (& everything), yet at the same time is different for every manifestation of life in existence.
Yea I think the message is rather clear. It is up to the individual to personally inquire into what really matters in life. As most of humanity is obsessed with finding external means of safety, control and confirmation. The one thing is probably an analogy for the one thing that a person holds dearest or most sacred. If it is a thing, something external, such as objects or images of kinds, these deteriorates over time. And as Buddhist say, holding on and craving are part of why there is suffering on this planet.
If the one thing is an adjective such as peace, freedom and kindness. The quest to obtain those means of objectives, if one has come to understand truth, is then the meaning of life one might state. To foster oneself completely, being full with what one is. Furthermore, external objects and places or whatever we hold on to, can help manifest the sought after objectives such as peace. But the external objects are not the source of peace, they re rather leverage of peace. As a beautiful forest opening might be good place to do “walking meditation”.
As the cowboy probably appreciates complete freedom, and doing his thing his way, being in love or “caught up” in a relationship might from his perspective be damaging his objectives of peace. Whether or not this is the case is irrelevant, as it is his life, but the pursuit of finding that one thing is individual, and requires a lot of self-knowledge and inquiry. Nevertheless, it is an important question and advise for humanity at large. What is the one thing, one thing, that one really is. Not wanting, but is, and how do one become it fully. Something that is, doesn’t want, something that is not wants.
An excellent and accurate interpretation! I knew you’d see the underlying truths in this. Thanks for such an in-depth contribution.
It is an unyielding lesson of inner peace. The younger man is all in his head with a thousand buzzing thoughts. It is the stern finger of the wise cowboy pointing at him that settles those thoughts, centers his focus and clears his perspective.
It is a lesson that in this age people need to stop the bullshit of life & Ego and just listen to their true self. Any and all problems one thinks they are dealing with in any moment, can instantly be settled by this “one thing” concept. Even if the one thing is unknown, often the mere pursuit can achieve peace and perspective.
This is a true explanation of The Cowboy Way. It is the way of inner peace and quality of character. It is clarity of mind and positive balance of ego & self. It is the knowledge that knowing your true self is the only true path.
Like he said – “We’re a dying breed”