The Swedish Navy continues to stalk the waters off the coast of its capital for a foreign -- all but certainly Russian -- submarine, and the country's military brass on Tuesday sounded an exasperated note to describe the unsuccessful hunt. "This is very serious," Sverker Göransson, the country's top military commander, told reporters. "I would even go so far as to say," he continued, "to say that it's fucked up."
Maybe that salty language will be enough to catch the attention of Moscow, which continues to deny that it has anything to do with reports of a submarine...
As I wrote on Monday, the Swedish Navy faces enormous obstacles in its hunt for the mystery submarine. Its anti-submarine helicopters were sold off in 2008, and the area around Stockholm is one of the world's most difficult for carrying out a submarine hunt.Upon deep meditation the hidden meaning of this seeming pointless Russian behavior becomes rather obvious.
Consider this Zen koan,
"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
Or as Sensei Vladimir would put it, "If a Russian submarine appears to lurk in your waters but you lack the anti-submarine helicopters, is it really there?"
Mr. Göransson is certainly right, our subjective and illusory perception of reality... "it's fucked up."
Only training the mind can help us see reality as it really is.