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Think for Yourself. Or Someone Else Will
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Think for Yourself. Or Someone Else Will

Date Added: August 27, 2009 05:54:18 PM
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We all like to believe that we are capable of and continually engage in the act of thinking for ourselves. Is this really true? How many of our thoughts are really are own? Are we really, truly original in our thinking? How much are we utilizing our God given right, our Constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of thought? Bottom line, these are the only actual freedoms we have. Why am I asking what may seem to be non-sensical questions? Let's take a look at the answers together. We are born into a world that is up and running. Rules, criminal laws, civil laws, moral values, religious beliefs, political beliefs, national boundaries; and every other kind of regulation and/or do-don't under the sun already firmly in effect. We had to part in choosing the system we are born into. Nor did anyone else that we are intimately connected to, in most cases. So from birth our thinking, choices, likes and dislikes begin to be shaped. We are taught very early in life to conform, to fit in, to get inside the box. In other words, we think and do as we have been told from childhood. Our thinking and actions conform to what is neccessary to fit in, to gain approval. "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha), 563-483 B.C. Our understanding of life must be consistent with our experience, and our experience occurs in our minds, not in a book or from someone elses mind. It’s strange that we don’t give more thought to our existence or show more reverence towards our precious gift of life and search out our life purpose. This can all begin by simply asking "why" more often. We get up each morning, experience the joys and challenges of the day, and go to bed at night without dwelling on the larger context of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. We live in the moment in order to survive and to derive pleasure from our existence. More often than not, it is a humdrum existence. Our lives follow a diagram that has been prescribed by someone other than us. Our values, goals and aspirations have their beginning outside of our own mind. You might say that it is not just you who lives like this. And that is certainly true. It has been true throughout history. And this is the reason the world is in such a sorry state. We are unable to live peacefully with ourselves or with the world. We have assimilated too much and not originated enough. We don't take the time to formulate life for ourselves. We do not allow OUR SELF out into the world. I don't know how you feel about it; but I am here to originate as much as possible and to duplicate only when neccessary. I am not denying we have to care for ourselves fulfill the duties towards our families, towards our job or business and to the rest of the world. This is true. It's necessary for survival. I am not saying you to renounce the world and become a hermit. We need to live in this world, take care of our financial and other needs and the needs of our loved ones, this is our best means for growth and self development. We can certainly enjoy all modern comforts and our social life. Yet we can and must be aware of the spiritual or basic realities about ourselves on which all our activities are based. We must be aware of the programming we are subjected to and know that we have a choice as to how much of it we will accept. We have to realize that we are a storehouse for original, fresh thinking and the solutions to all our problems are within us. We have become too lazy to think for ourselves, we want to leave it to someone (anyone) else to do for us; like the politician, the clergyman, the professor, the advertiser, the TV station and the list goes on and on of the people that make our major decisions. I'd like to ask one more question: Can you ever hope to attain anything in life that provides lasting and permanent happiness. The reason the answer is (or will be) no, is partly because our concepts of what provides happiness are not our own personal conclusions. True happiness is an inside job. Set aside 30 minutes each day to be spent in mediation and solitude. Spend some time alone with yourself. Get to know yourself. Listen to your inner voice, its the best advisor you will ever have. While driving, leave the radio off sometimes and spend that time with yourself---with YOUR mind. The benefits will astound you. Notice where the following statement says where Kingdom is, meditate on this truth sometimes. The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ( Luke 17:20-21) Earnest Worker Did you find this article useful? For more useful tips and hints, points to ponder and keep in mind, techniques, and insights pertaining to credit card, do please browse for more information at our websites.
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