Individual wrote:In other words: Pondering these things leads to madness, not because there is no answer but because what lies beyond are crazy things. Understanding the madness which lies beyond is knowledge of the madness, which is bewildering. To ask these questions is like falling down the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland.
It seems unlikely, since the Buddha did not go loopy.
I think the standard interpretation that "conjecture leading to madness and vexation" is sufficient. In other words, it'll do your head in to try to work these things out... and either you won't be able to do it, or it would serve no productive purpose even if you could.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"You've got to focus on what's really worthwhile in life, which means resisting a lot of the currents in our culture" (Thanissaro)