“The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.” Unknown
“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.” Sigmund Freud
“Happy will the house be in which the relationships are formed from character.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
To lead an honest and powerful life, one really must do more decision making, and collaboration with others. That means at times, we will find ourselves in smaller groups, or maybe even in a group of one. How much easier it is to be part of a whole. It relinquishes the necessity of decision making. If we go along with the crowd, we are accepted, feel safe, and have time to do whatever we want. We are also exempt from thinking. How is it so many of us choose this state of affairs.
Maybe it is by accident that we get into ruts, and want to give up the burdens, and work that needs attention. It takes time to review both sides of issues. It demands courage, to have the strength to overcome pressure, to swing the way others want us to. Perhaps that is why we end up getting lost, within the grid of twists and turns. It is too difficult to figure, so we stand by others we have an admiration for.Being politically correct, allows us to abstain from truly comprehending the situation. We have faith in the few chosen key words, that sound correct at the time. We can’t perhaps voice what we think, because others would not agree with us. If they did we might be motivated, to pick up the lead. The unsure faith in our leadership ability, reduces us to a follower. It renders us to be cautious, regarding who we choose to follow.
There is no exertion, when we trail another. We don’t have to think, reflect, decide, discuss, or shake up the crowd. We may not be held accountable, nor admired, but we fall in with the safe crowd. We may be more like a cow, sheep, or pig being led to a slaughter. It perhaps is fruitful, to wake up, and start looking at things as they are. We must check things out for ourselves, by checking with our own heart, mind, and intuitive process. We may know what the truth is, and what we should do. Overcoming our nervousness, and tiredness, while rousing ourselves to attempt the work, promotes independent thinking.
I believe we are good people, who have lost the ability, to pay attention to where we are heading. We want to be good but we also yearn to get along. We want to be kind, and we don’t want to make waves. We choose to be righteous but don’t want to step on the toes of others, who think differently. In the end maybe that is why we choose the dream state, so we don’t have to face our real selves, or the truth about our world.
It becomes harder to find answers, likely because everyone is so used to permitting truth, wisdom and virtue to be stretched beyond recognition. We just can’t say things are wrong, or right anymore. I despised the phrase, “I don’t go along with that thinking, but everyone can choose for themselves.” We could change it to “I believe that is wrong but I can’t tell you what to do.” At least we are stating our own position rather than taking the asleep route.
A good healthy discussion, tolerates the consideration, of various ideas. It also grants people, to feel secure about professing their thoughts. We crave for more insightful notions and reflection. Killing, stealing, cheating, lying, and brutality in any form is not acceptable. There are no compromises. There should be no fear in mentioning these facts. Morality should never be outdated. Honesty, integrity, empathy, kindness, and wisdom probably needs to be put back up on the shelf. There it can be admired and taught.
If we refrain from teaching anything to our kids, then we have done as much damage as teaching them the wrong way to live. There are plenty of people willing to lead kids down the wrong path, so it becomes essential for us to lead them down a worthier route. Pretending things will get better on there own, or perhaps assuming others will do the job for us, is ludicrous. It won’t get done. It is time to step up to the goal and kick the ball in, or shoot the puck in. Our job is to be a conscientious member of society. Teaching by example, while modeling worthy behavior, is a priceless gift to offer anyone.
“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, not between classes, nor between political parties, but through every human heart.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.” Ralph Waldo Emerson