Here Comes Trouble
Blurring the lines between the real world and a world we imagine as real is cause for trouble, big and small, personal and global. If we are unhappy it could be we have confused real with imaginary. We can always identify the imaginary vision of the world and replace it with one that is real. It’s our choice.
Is our vision of the world we live in a real one? How would we come to accept a vision of the world that’s not real? We know that learning is just taking in data. We can get real data, or goof ball data. We’re constantly presented with data about the world we live in. Ever heard this: you’re not quite good enough, but if you do this you can be? Watch for it. You’ll see it everywhere.
Advertisers and imaginary worlds: People drinking this beer are happier than you. People eating these tacos, people who believe in Jesus, people who work at these jobs and have this position – are happier than you. We also get stuff like – People who, conform to a society, love their country, obey the law, have a retirement plan, get a college degree, join the military – are doing the right thing and things will be better for these people. People who drive, own, belong to, believe in…It’s insidious, it’s big business. It’s a form of mass hypnosis.
The Real World, Society and Imagined Convention
By the time I was in middle school I was fairly certain that I wasn’t going to make it in the world I saw as real. More and more as I slid away I was told that if I conformed everything would be better. I would be better. Eventually I got so fed up with people and being told what to do and how to think I froze. I couldn’t take any more. I didn’t want to think about anything. I was done thinking. I didn’t have any satisfactory stuff to think about. All thinking did was lead me into a deeper state of bewilderment.
Some people might stop thinking and just conform. We are all assaulted with data. It’s like an information storm. One way or another we have to survive it. We might stop thinking and start reacting. Most people I’ve looked at are reacting. There are a lot of people in prison who weren’t able to think. They aren’t sure what happened but situations arose and they snapped. The deed was is done.
I am convinced there’s way to much data being thrown at us. I’m also convinced that about 70% of this data is wrong, worthless, unnecessary or all of the above. I’m also convinced that bombarding people with data is traumatic. I’m thoroughly convinced that all trauma harms people. There is also the fact that trauma changes brain chemistry.
A change in brain chemistry will cause people to behave abnormally. This is not a mystery or cause for debate. What are the environmental factors in brain chemistry we can control? We can all control, to some degree, the ingesting of toxins. Chemically toxic environments are making us sick – and crazy. Stressful environments at work, at schools and at home we can do something about. We can deal with all these stress and trauma factors and still have visions of ourselves and the world that are fictitious.
We can start acting instead of reacting. We could become our own bosses.
Is reacting a thought process? Shop-A-Holics don’t shop because they determined the acquisition of things to be healthy and therapeutic. With habitual reactions we’re – just there. At the store, at the fridge, wrestling on the lawn or whatever. We do have options. We direct the show, or read the lines we’re handed.
I want absolute dominion over my brain, thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions. I don’t want a programmed brain that takes me places. I want to decide what I want to do, how I’m going to feel, choose what thoughts to think and gain as much autonomy as possible. Don’t you?
To start the process of changing we first decide what we want to be. We come to understand why we want to think, feel and act differently. I wouldn’t bother with the “Who we are as individuals” idea. This “Who” may be part of an imaginary world too. We’re good with who because “what” we are defines and creates any necessary “who”. The what involves action.
We can ask ourselves: When is anger good? When is it best to worry? Why am I in a hurry? Where is it I feel I need to be? Where did these ideas come from? Am I supposed to be somebody?
These are questions I put to myself when I decided to put an end to the entire reaction syndrome. It was a good decision. It didn’t stop the same goofy thought/emotion stuff from continuing but that’s not the function of a decision. If we have practiced meditation and discovered something of paying attention we will start to be more aware of what our brains are doing – as they’re doing it. Remember we “pay attention”. We see this, its happening, now we have it, it no longer has us. It won’t necessarily feel any better but we have repositioned ourselves.
When we are aware of what’s happening we are in a position of power. We now have power to decide, power to control ourselves. This is where the fun begins.