To Thine Own Self, Be True!
I was told this or I read it in a book or saw it in a movie. "Be true to yourself." - Yet, don't we most commonly go with the flow instead?
Being an American is supposed to be the best thing on Earth. I mean, it is supposed to be about LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - right? But how many of us are really living this?
We behave properly with those we come in contact with, as much as we are able, and put up a nice front. A happy front. We pretend that we have no worries, no pains, no doubts about the path that we are on, yet, deep in our heart of hearts, we know we are lying not only to them but to our own self.
Much of living becomes habitual. We tend to do the same acts upon rising from our sleep. We tend to have expectations based on the days that went before us. If we were able to step outside ourselves, our false front, maybe then we could begin to learn how to be truly free to be true to ourselves!
I try to accept the things I can do nothing about, like global warming, stupid people in politics and the rate of murder and death among all peoples of this planet, not to mention the USA, where cameras either on cell phones, or mounted on high light fixtures record our random activity 24/7. I try to accept the things that I can not change, although I do not like it.
Being positive in a negative world is probably the most difficult challenge facing me myself, but I know it must be hard for anyone living in today's world. The internet is supposed to provide access to information that should, in theory, make life better. We have the opportunity to learn but often choose only to be amused. We have the vast library of books, electronic or real, of many subjects. Maybe it's too much or too late. I don't know. I mean, just because we as a world society, no longer limited by the political boundaries of every geographically positioned country, because the internet now makes it possible to communicate ideals, ideas, hopes and dreams with practically every other nation on the earth through social media.
But are we happy? Are we living life the way we really want to live it? I would have to say, no.
I am not trying to rain on your parade. I am just saying, the level of media violence, sex, drugs and foul language is only second in it's negative impact on the minds of most people now living on the earth, but in reality, the toll of death from gun violence, terrorism can simply not be ignored. In spite of it, we must gain control of our attitudes. We must find a way to rise above the maniac societies we live in, in hopes that perhaps there is some level of logic, calm and intrinsic value our lives can take, in spite of all the negative things that are overwhelming us. The times we are living in are putting a strain on both the emotional level of every age group, but the times we are living in are sending us backwards to a time of anarchy.
I want to be true to myself. I know I have, up to this moment, been putting on a false front. I try to generate ideas through social media and try but often do not succeed in boosting morale and optimism in the future of mankind through links to science and music and art and through brief story telling, but all in all, I have not done that well. What will be my next step on the ladder of my life? I am not real sure, but I do know that I am facing the same uncertainties as most all of you are. I know that life is not a game of chance. I know that to make things better and to feel better means looking inside myself and try to spend more time doing the things, the acts, that make me feel like a real person, not part of a vast information machine. I do not really like technology. I actually favor the basics of life that were lived by those of my grand parents days, not those of the industrial age. No. The age we are now living in, is a product of that generation. Specifically, the age of war, mass production, factory workers and mass transportation.
The very computer I am writing on, using electronic text is a result of an age of war that involved hatred by man toward his own species and this bothers me a lot. But nobody is taking note of it. Nobody is realizing that right before our very eyes, the world of our mothers and fathers is fading fast and we need to hang on to at least a leaf or a branch from that past and not forget. Because if we continue to move fast forward, with the things that modern technology is generating, we as a species will be living a life without happiness.
A scary thought. Not to worry. This is just one post by a person who has looked at the world from inside looking out and then looking farther out into the infinite in spite of time and physical limits of the human life span. I hope that I will one day catch a bird, only to release it. I do not want to fade into darkness. The sunlight that rises each day must not ever be taken for granted. Even if that sunlight is as hot as a summer day in July on a beach by the sea. What a wonder it would be to catch a glimpse of heaven without being blinded by the excess information flooding our lives. Maybe the stars will one day be brighter. Perhaps I will live forever.
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