Like the life span of the individual person is the time of the body, history can be considered as a time of societal body, of society as a body. Society without history is like an individual without growing up and without maturing.

To overcome “The Temptation of eternity” but to keep immortality even in the condition of being periodically pierced by metempsychosis and ultimately transfigured by a final dissolution, is to discard the ‘body” of immortality (in the form of eternity), while to overcome “The Temptation of history” is to discard history’s “body” – the human society. Dissolution of four bodies: individual body, historical body of humankind, and eternity as body (womb) of immortality (with immortality as a body [child] of eternity), is a quadruple heroic act that outdoes human destiny.

In Buddha, the human intelligence liberated the human being from the burden of individual life, of competition for survival, from human society with its historical time, from the authority of socio-morphic powers, and from the human hope to get final compensation for all the losses. Buddha discards the existential space, as if his own reaction on the factual conditions of life he witnessed was not produced by him in concrete circumstances during his lifetime span. Together with the value of existential space and time he had thrown away the value of creative imagination (that was not recognized during his life time) as a semantic tool for creating worldviews.

With our own body and with factual society we are locked in, we are disgustingly immoral, but without them we are, indeed, nothing. It is better, very noble and morally elegant to be nothing than to be disgusting. And between being disgusting and being nothing – is nothing else. There are no intermediary steps or phases. Where my body forces me to compete for crumbs and society forces me to hate, to kill and to pretend – I cannot accept myself. This non-acceptance of my factual condition is the immortal, eternal, universal and priceless nucleus of spiritual reaction on the factual world. But without body and society I am, indeed, emptiness… There is no way out of this despotism of the two extremes of absolute immorality of conformist participation in the life of body and society and either ultimate nothingness or the blanket and pillow of life after death.

Human creativity moves here with giant steps, and that makes our picture of the world made of two, only two monolithic pieces – this world and the other one. Human thinking here generalizes the world by poles, like light and darkness, like manic-depressive mode of living and doesn’t leave any place for intermediary conditions between white and black, mania and depression, between illusion and nothing or evil and everything.

“Buddha’s silence is the resolution of language. We came from silence and to silence we return: to the word which has ceased to be word. What Buddha’s silence says is neither negation nor affirmation. It says sunyata: everything is empty because everything is full, the word is not a statement because the only statement is silence. “(Octavio Paz, “Claude Levi-Stauss”, ibid, p. 142). In pop-perception, it means not to try to persuade other people of anything, if silence is identical to language, there is no need to learn how to talk with your friends or your enemies. “Movement does not resolve itself in immobility: it is immobility, and immobility is movement. The negation of the world implies a return to the world, asceticism is a return to the senses, samsara is nirvana, reality is the beloved and terrible key to irreality (unreality), the instant is not the refutation, but the incarnation of eternity, the body is not a window on the infinite: it is the infinite itself.” (Octavio Paz, ibid, p. 142) The operations of extremely polarized concepts make Buddhism easy victim for abuse by pop understanding. And “samsara is nirvana” in pop-perception doesn’t mean that we have to learn how to reach bliss inside this very life, but that gusto from hotdog with beer while watching a public execution is equal with meditative non-participation in the rudeness and cruelty of the barbaric world.

“The paradox of Buddhism does not lie in its being a religious philosophy but in its being a philosophical religion: it reduces reality to a flow of signs and names, but asserts that wisdom and sanctity (one and the same thing) reside in the disappearance of signs.” (Octavio Paz, ibid, p. 151) Sign is the fifth body – of meaning, discarded by Buddhism.

For the intellectual creator it is very difficult to keep a balance between his illuminations and his ideas – and the reality of their existential context. While intellectual creators are involved with their paradigms of enlightenment, the plebs are involved in search of ways to justify their misbehavior. The intellectual gets the feeling (or premonition) of being appreciated and recognized. The masses feel relief from being excused for their vulgar transgressions.

Buddhism is abused by pop-mind. “If the sacred can be defined as the con-substantial unity of myth and ritual, we can say that play exists when only one half of the sacred enactment is fulfilled, translating myth alone into words and ritual alone into actions… Playland is a country whose inhabitants are busy celebrating rituals, and manipulating objects and sacred words, whose sense and purpose they have, however, forgotten… In play, man frees himself from sacred time and ‘forgets’ it in human time… Everything pertaining to play ones pertained to the realm of the sacred… A look at the world of toys shows that children, humanity’s little scrap-dealers, will play with whatever junk comes their way, and that play thereby preserve profane objects and behavior that have ceased to exist. Everything which is old, independent of its sacred origins is liable to become a toy.” (Giorgio Agamben, “Infancy and History (The Destruction of Experience)”, Verso, 2007, p. 78 – 79) Children and adults are “little scrap-dealers” of the cultural traditions of the past – “children” (including adults) play videogames while “adults” (including children) “translate myths” including pompous justifications for wars and international robbery into actions in play-land.