Finding ourselves in a world intent on making us conform to its standards can be a tricky task. It seems that for many of us, the only way to be who we are is to build a wall between us and those who won’t or cannot understand us. The inherent irony of all of this is that we are also unwilling or unable to understand those who do the same to us. We may fall into the tar pit of judging those who we perceive to be judging us. I say this from personal experience.
We don’t need no education
Actually, we do. Not the traditional sense of education but in the sense of compassion, community, life skills, etc. I have no animosity towards teachers, as they more often than not, only want what is best for their students. I have an issue with what is mandatory curriculum they are required to teach. It isn’t that I don’t find some of this information useful but the majority of that knowledge is somewhat useless unless it is tempered with the ability to form a thought rather than regurgitate the required response. Another key ingredient missing from education is respect, self-confidence, how to act as an independent part of a group, how to respectfully disagree and emotional intelligence. We need to be taught the tools for finding ourselves.
We don’t need no thought control
Again, yep, we do. This too is also not in the traditional sense. We need to learn to control our own thoughts. It has been said, the mind is a cruel master and a beautiful servant. The issue that plagues much of the modern world is the dominance of the ego, the need to irrationally feel superior, the apathy associated with convenience culture, the ignorance of seeing ourselves as separate from the whole of the world, and the blindness of recognizing our relationship to the planet. We need to control our thoughts and become more conscious of our own actions. One of the reasons for our wall is we are afraid of finding ourselves. We should understand our anger, our hate, our judgment, our sadness are all internal. We can take back our own power and stop freely giving it to situations.
All and all you’re just another brick in the wall
Yep, you are. You are basically the biggest brick and the foundation of the wall that keeps you separated from the rest of the world, your joy, and your ultimate potential. To some that may seem disheartening, frightening, and largely untrue. Think of this from a structural standpoint and you can realize how powerful and beautiful being your own biggest barrier is. If you remove the foundation from a wall, the rest of the wall falls over. So when you can remove the things that block you, and isolate you from everything else all of the other barriers topple.
Finding Ourselves Again
Where you are at today is fine, the walls we have all built around ourselves at some point or another did not get built in a day and may not be torn down that quickly either. They can be dismantled slowly and we can persistently erode the things that separate us from the rest of the world. It is ok to have your wall up as you rebuild strength, but I suggest slowly make “peep” holes in your wall. Change your outlooks on situations, other people and yourself on a trial basis. They say if nothing changes, nothing changes. Make little changes and see if you like the changes. Growth occurs outside of our comfort zones and diversity is a healthy element for growth as well as for expanding our minds. We can all find ourselves and then we can create ourselves and find who we are, who we want to be and who we will become.
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