The appearance of water in a mirage persists after the fact that it is a mirage has dawned on us.
So it is with the world.
Though knowing it to be unreal, it continues to manifest -
but we do not try to satisfy our thirst with the water of the mirage.
As soon as one knows that it is a mirage,
one gives it up as useless and does not run after it to get water.
~ Ramana Maharshi
with thanks to Love is a Place