Although clinging is very subtle, eventually it leads to death and this is regardless of what is being held on to. Death is just quicker when certain things are clung to that speed up the process.
When one sees the gravitational pull between clinging and not clinging, this leads to the discovery of the lawful nature of our mind, bodies, and of the world. It opens one up to themselves to see exactly what clinging does and what happens when there is and when there isn’t clinging. These natural laws dictate one’s direction of energy and what is held onto. Clinging comes from deeply seated triggers and until one is aware of them they control the show. There are times there may be less of a response to them, but for the most part they’re in control.
Clinging is a lot like fishing, certain baits are used to lure in certain fish. There are times that no matter what, the fish won’t take the bait, but for the most part the bait is usually so enticing to the fish that it has to go for it. This is done unconsciously by the fish because taking the bait most times leads to its death. There is a fight that ensues once the fish is hooked and some do get away, but that’s not the norm. The sad thing is the fish will do this over and over again. Only until it knows the bait is attached to a hook will it be able to do things differently.
Sounds eerily similar to human clinging, which is also attached by a hook and until one is aware of this, the bait will be to enticing not to give in to it. Although there is a struggle that ensues and some people do get away, for the most part clinging leads to death and this is regardless of what is being held onto, it’s just more imminent when certain things are clung to. It’s not enough to not just take the bait, the key is to be aware the bait is attached to a hook because if there isn’t awareness of this, even if you get away this time, eventually you will not because the bait will be to enticing.