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Alas, no verses in this chapter liken the habits of people to those of monkeys. I am so fond of this metaphor that I sometimes wonder if it has not become a 'view' of mine. But then, I also sometimes think that it may do a disservice to monkeys.
Chapter 5 discusses and illuminates the letting go of all views, and I guess that the views referred to are largely religious views, those which are not supported by objective evidence that can be weighed and balanced, but only by individual and collective thoughts and feelings with no substantive basis outside of the mind and senses. By this token
What one relies on in order to see all else as inferior
Is an entanglement, say those who are skilled.
I guess I am most struck by the verse (referring to monastics, and more broadly I suppose to anyone seeking wisdom)
Nor would they think of themselves
Inferior or superior (to others)
And they shouldn't take themselves as equal.
That's great. Not better, not worse, and not equal. What's left? Unmitigated Thusitude, no doubt about it.
Who has gone beyond
Does not fall back (on belief),
Is one who is Thus.