“…simply make things better for someone else, as if I were to be born again, and that someone else, and it doesn't have to be me, but it could be someone like me, that they would have a better life than I had, that everyone was better. There is something seriously wrong with everyone, and that is something I observed when I was very young. We are the problem, and we need to become better, because we are fucking everything up.”
“So this is who I am. There is something seriously wrong with everyone and we need to fix it, if not for us, then for the future generations."
"Everything I have done in this life, and everything I will do, is for this purpose.”

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Conversations on Oneness and Equality 4

Previous: Conversations on Oneness and Equality 3

Last time we concluded with the idea about enslavement. It was mentioned that the fact that we can enslave ourselves is evidence of oneness and equality. And a question was posed as to whether it is possible for another to enslave you. Let us discuss this further today.

What is enslavement? One answer is when another has more power over you, and can control what you do. So let's imagine such a situation for ourselves: I am physically weak. Another has access to all the food, and water. If I listen to this person and do what they want I am fed and receive water. They are stronger than me, so they would over power me if I decided to fight back. So is there anything stopping me from fighting back? Yes and that is me. There are also the conditions that I can see and understand like how they are stronger than me. But I am still the one that makes the assessment and decision to not fight back. Equally so, I can decide to fight. Does this person have control over my decision, ultimately? No. They can at most manipulate the environment and situation which can influence my decision. Now in all honesty, all of humanity does not have full power over their ability to decide what to do. Where they could equally decide to fight or not to fight, where it is not a reaction. A reaction is where you don't decide, but you react to the situation. You can call a reaction as a pre-made decision, because it is in a way a decision that has already been made in the past. So when a person is in a situation they react.

So what have we learned so far? We have looked at how humans have the potential to decide what to do, and how some humans react. We can see that it is possible for someone to keep their decision intact, even in adverse conditions. This ability to decide is your power alone, and only you can deny yourself the power to decide. And we deny ourselves the power to decide when we react. Because to make a decision we need to assess the moment. I would like to distinguish a reaction from a commitment. Because a commitment is a decision one had made within their ability to reason, see and understand a situation and where one stands in relation to that situation. In contrast, a reaction is emotional and not based within full understanding and taking responsibility for the outcome of reaction.

Now, oneness and equality lies within who we are, which at the core is the ability to decide who we are, and this is always present even in situations when we call ourselves as being enslaved or disempowered. Just like how it has been pointed out in previous posts, oneness and equality is always present, just like our ability to decide who we are is always present. This is not something that can ever be erased or removed from existence. It can be not utilized yes. It can be suppressed, ignored and denied, but still it will always exist and the potential for us to use our decision will always exist, no matter what we may do or what we may go through. This is an intrinsic part of being alive and existing. We have the choice. And choice entails responsibility for that choice by the very definitions of the words. Because we are responsible for whatever choice we make, which includes the omission of making a choice, or denying that we have a choice. We ALWAYS have a choice. You can make a bumper sticker out of that. Responsibility can NEVER be escaped.

We always create the perception we have of our situation. We can align that perception with falsehoods or with truth. We can create a lie or we can see what is real. That is our choice and responsibility. We can either empower and expand ourselves or we can limit and belittle ourselves. Whatever we do, we are One and Equal to what we decide and create for ourselves. We are always one and equal with and as ourselves.

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