Richie Robertson writes about “The Top”in Kafkas biography’ that “The philosopher seeks knowledge of the world. The tiniest part of the world will suffice to give him knowledge of the whole. The trouble is, the world does not stand still. It is in constant motion, like the spinning top, and will not stop for the philosopher to scrutinize it. If you stop the world, as the philosopher does the top,it no longer tells you anything. So the philosopher can never obtain the knowledge he seeks, and is driven away by the children, who with their noise and play are closer to ever-moving life than he is”
When reality is formed through our personal view, we attempt to think our way out of pain, which simultaneously maintains our story and perpetuates the pain. The sense-of-self only knows how to handle problems and proceed using its story, which is composed of thoughts and emotions that have formed around past failures and successes. The truth of life is found in the spinning top. Our conditioning teaches us to think that we can solve our problems through thinking which sees problems from a reference of stopping life.Though a specific problem may be partially resolved through our tried-and-true methods of the past, conditioned responses will never end suffering. Problems end when we perceive the story and the storyteller as false assumptions.