I came to the fork in the road and I went straight. Yeah– I like to blaze my own trail!
I’m not Writing just to say I’m Right!!
Like most people that blog, I write because I love to write. In other words, it’s just an opinion—my opinion. And an opinion is just that, a person’s view based on the knowledge that they have at hand.
Sometimes I find that I am wrong and I adjust. The factual information was just not readily available to me at the time or I just ignored the obvious, so I may state things that may ruffle a few feathers here or there. But is that all so bad if it warrants a correction from my audience? No! I learn a lot from my fellow bloggers, those that agree and those who might disagree. When a question arises, I examine my thoughts, compare it to the facts they present, and no offense is taken because of that correction. It’s a free education. Lol!
What makes it all worth the trouble is the fact that we can all bounce ideas (Opinions) off of each other, no matter how absurd, and just maybe, we will all begin to think. Well–at least just a little.
I figured I would post the idea that most of us are not experts, just a few good people with big ideas to post on a forum such as WordPress.
After reading the Alchemist three times, I must admit, I’m intrigued by it even more than the first read. There’s soo much meat there for a serious observer, or for one who thinks. All sorts of ideas and concepts can be drawn from this little tale. I for one think about the idea of the heart, and how it can be hardened by fear alone. Or– how it can tell you of yourself and your destiny if you take the time to look beyond your fears and keep focus on your treasure. The Alchemist is able to turn a mere piece of metal to gold, says the myth. So– in a way we should be performing that same miracle. We should strip away the junk and garbage that we allow to pollute our minds and bodies. The heart speaks a language soo softly, that the polluted mind can’t hear, better yet, comprehend. Some call it intuition, I say it’s the soul of the world, with our hearts standing as commander.We should be looking beyond our fears and developing a heart of gold, it’s magical.
Rene Descartes supposedly penned the quote ” I Think; Therefore I Am”, and I’m not too sure who placed the word DANGEROUS on there but it got me to thinking, but I’m not DANGEROUS! Unless you consider thinking of ways to make the world better through good deeds and kind words as being DANGEROUS, then I am guilty. Or that we should all understand that we are all human-beings, beyond Color, or Continent, then I’m guilty of that too! How about LOVE, I’m guilty of Loving everybody too, but I’m not DANGEROUS!
Maybe it’s the fact that I like to think before I act and I keep opening my big mouth (blogging), about the idea of Thought and how we should be continuously thinking for ourselves, and questioning everything? Or the fact that a society that is “Dumbed-Down”, is easier to control, and I write about that also. I did write earlier about the “Human Commodity”, didn’t I? We seem to live in a society that loves to create division, and I guess a man or woman who thinks, will see the part they play in the world, and in turn will embrace everyone as a brother and sister. I guess that can be DANGEROUS!!
Let the past be in the past, pay no mind to the future, and just be, they say, but we continue to walk in our own shadows. Fearful of what has happened and what is yet to come, we bring ourselves to the brink of ruin. With our False Evidence Appearing Real, “FEAR,” we move about life like scared children, never attempting to open the one gift we are all given, our present.
Why is this thing called FEAR so powerful? I think because it was used as a primary tool for teaching. “If you don’t do this, you won’t get that,” they will say, or “if you do this, that will happen,” we are told. These statements and others like them completely strip the individual from itself and I think, stifles real true self-mastery. With this the individual is programmed to spend too much time on what was and what is to come, which is a major distraction from the self. And most of us–well perhaps all of us, spend years looking out there and back there trying to find ourselves, when all we have to do is look within.
Our Sun and our Moon send down rays of light upon us that reflect off of our bodies, we call them shadows, just as life send us hardships, sorrows, joys and rapture, we call them experiences. But none of this, is us, deep within. These are things that happen to us, not in us, but slowly they chip away. They chip away at that one thing that we call our soul or our spirit, and before long it has us in a trance, not living in the present, but forever walking in shadows.
Knowledge can come from anyone; black or white, or in between, male or female, child or elderly. It’s just information and somehow our creator uses all of us to teach. So don’t kill me I’m just the messenger, and I speak from an understanding, not entirely of my own. It all came from somewhere and I am just the catalyst, a catalyst for ideas. One great perspective can open the eyes of millions, but only when it’s time.
All too often our “real” teachers or messengers are kept quiet, or in the past, have been slaughtered, to keep the message silent, and keep people in ignorance. To keep man fighting against his brother, is power for another man that’s outside of that particular situation. So–what the hell are you fighting for, if you both want the same thing? There is enough for everyone! Who told you of scarcity? All of our messengers have tried their damnedest to lead us out of this ignorant state of mind, but yet as time goes on, man is thinking for himself, far less than ever before. Instead of treading his own way, he’s on a bus trip to nowhere,and all the seats are filled to capacity. And somewhere, there is someone waiting with an arrow, ready to get rid of anyone with a message that may awaken the passengers.
“A man should always be moving forward”, I think I have written that before– well at least somewhere. But–what seems to be getting in the way? What keeps forcing man to journey backward? Well as the post title states, it’s his “distractions”, and without stating the actual definition, I will proceed with just a generic idea off the top of my head. Distractions can be described as what we deliberately allow to keep our full attention most of the time or what keeps us off the path that was given to us by a power greater than ourselves.
For starters, I for one, never “profess perfection”, so I also get distracted from time to time. The difference is in my awareness. There are so many things clamoring for our time, some deliberately. As I observe the society I live in, the continent of the “good ole” U.S.A., I see a nation of consumers, and commodities, all packed together like well-polished products. And this is not meant to downgrade the United States, this includes all countries. And if what I’m saying is not true in your country, just wait, it’ll be knocking at the door soon. The thing is that like those products we see on the shelves, the people can’t think, or rather, don’t think. And at that level of existence, they can’t produce anything worthwhile for themselves, so they produce for others, and feed off the crumbs that are left over. I did mention we are like commodities, didn’t I?
Total awareness of what you allow to distract you from your major goal is important. But, first, and in most cases, there must be a goal set. Do you know there are people living in this world that haven’t even began to think of what they “really” want? With so many distractions we seem to forget our natural tendency to be good at one thing, sometimes to a level of being excellent at it. But as we become more aware and as we make this major assessment of ourselves, we should discard anything and everything that is not conducive to our major goal. These dam distractions-they are all clamoring for this allotment of 24 hours that we are given each day. And slowly we get off the path from time to time.
Bruce Lee said it best, “you must be formless, like water”, and, “I can’t teach you what I know until you are willing to get rid of what you know!” Wow, that’s priceless!. And with all such examples of wise men and doctrines available in public libraries and the internet, man still continues to exist blindly. Earl Nightingale mentioned, ” you won’t learn Socrates by studying Socrates, the man,”–“you learn Socrates, by studying Socratic thoughts!” That’s what it is, the “thoughts”, that’s what makes the man. What we consume on a daily basis, audio, and visual, can alter our thoughts, as I am sure you already know. So, what are you consuming on a daily basis, as far as your audio and or visual? Is it destructive or constructive? Have you ever questioned it? Does this stuff make sense for this day and age? I think not! As we run around beating anyone in the head that will listen with our beliefs and dogmas handed down to us, by in some cases, very primitive minds. We should be examining ourselves, and asking, “why is it this way?” And, why is there such discrepancies between good and poor music and movies? These questions lead most to bring up conspiracies, but I don’t believe in none of them. Is there an agenda by some? Of course there is! And that agenda is to make money, and lot’s of it. It’s not personal, it’s a machine, and remember, we are just commodities. But the power is still in man’s hand. It is your decision, to buy it, or to leave it. When will man himself stand up and say “I’ve had enough!” Where are the great thinkers of our time? Chances are they get support from the same machine that taints a society.
Take a good look at society as a whole. Where you find pain and despair you find bad thoughts, bad food, bad music and bad t.v. So what does this prove? Well–people do what they know. And, if all they know is the destructive behavior of celebrity and music artist, then that’s what is spewed out into the environment. It’s funny, well-actually its “tragic”, to see people all being distracted in some way or other, and not paying much attention to themselves. We have a task to complete on earth, and no one knows when their mission is over or if it’ll self destruct because of inaction.