I feel tremendously over the positive appraisals of a Hollywood actor, when that actor has spent years of their life to support children in poverty. Because the individuals that praise the actor for their work, despite the fact that they say how much they care and even love the actor, fail to see the actions, the character, and the example of the actor. How can so many people fall in love with one person, and choose to ignore the obvious?
There are many reasons that I can give for this. One important reason, which in essence explains the entire problem, is this: not understanding one’s own mind. The mind is the focal point, the places where all information passes and is digested. The mind encompasses not only the information as the written word, but also all other forms of information, including but not limited to pictures, smells, sights, sounds, feelings, and emotions. All experiences of oneself must pass through the mind. However, what is interesting about the mind is this, that the mind has been created to run on autopilot. The mind is wired, by us, to piece together information from memories, thoughts, words, sensations etc… to form opinion, imaginations, and all of the components of who we are. And when we look at the number of people with personal problems, addictions, bad habits, uncontrollable behavior, etc… we can see the extent of those who haven’t received the basic educational instruction of how the mind works, and how do we work with the mind. Perhaps every single person has some bad habit that they wish they could stop. See for yourself; look at the number of bad habits you still participate in today. Perhaps it’s even the bad habit of not even looking at yourself to see what bad habits you have. That’s a bad habit, isn’t it? To not look at what bad habits one is participating in still?
So when I look at something atrocious, I know why it’s there. It’s because the human is not educated about the mind, and therefore there is no real chance at change. Granted, there is always a chance to change, however it’s certainly much easier when those around you understand the problem and are also working for the same solution: to understand one’s mind, how it functions, and how to, essentially, live well with oneself. This is a basic life skill that is found in the curriculum of the school of life. You won’t find it in the school system today, perhaps in the future, when enough of us have proven to ourselves that it is indeed possible to create oneself to be how one wishes. Even such an idea is radical in itself; to change the very nature of your thoughts to whatever you would like; to end thinking for a day, is something considered too radical to be accepted in our current times. To change how you feel, to end a feeling experience in one moment and to be the actual starting point of how you feel, so that no feeling is ever decided purely by one’s circumstances or thoughts, instead each feeling would be a decision, and no longer an acceptance and allowance that exists as an outflow of your past participation in thinking and feeling.
Would you like that, to be free of your tragedies and your love stories? That every action you take, whether it be to love, cry, dance, or sing, be a decision, and longer a peg in a wheel that spins endlessly around your never-ending torment? I know I wouldn’t want that torment, not even for a millisecond, so is it safe to say, you wouldn’t either?