When you are so attached, things assume a heaviness and seriousness which in truth, they do not have. You have created the seriousness. The seriousness is an illusion brought on by the observer. Consider the Japanese Tsunami on 2011. A great tragedy in the eyes of mankind. But what about in the eyes of the fish and sea turtles. It was nothing. All they experienced were waves they felt that sways them up and down in the water. This is not to say that if your house is burning down you do not call 911. It means that even in the face of your house burning down, if you were not “attached” or grasping onto your house, you would not suffer nearly as much as if you attached onto the house and your ideal that you belong in a big fancy house.
This is not to claim that the loss of human life and property are not a tragedy, but rather it is an example to show that without an observer, there is no such thing as a tragedy. When life is viewed from a place not related to the formless, in other words if you become fixed to all the forms that the world around you is subject to the ups and downs of existence, then it (the world) becomes a threatening place, a place of desperation, and constant turmoil as there will be many tsunamis in life that push you round and round as you keep on clutching onto higher and higher limbs. This is what they wrote in the Old Testament on the experience of one who is attached and at odds with the will of God and the Universe, “All things are full of weariness, a man cannot utter it.”
Most people’s lives are viewed from a vantage point, a place not related to the formless, in other words, they are attached to form, their lives are cluttered up with high expectations that can never be met realistically. They are cluttered up with things. Things to have, things to do, things to think about, things to accomplish. All of this is the reason people stay miserable in their lives. They are so intent on getting all the “things” that they want, and so they become so serious about achievement. Sure, maybe they will achieve much of what they endeavored to accomplish, but it comes with a price. The price is their tranquility, their peace.