“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The earth spins to the east. That is why the sun, the moon and the planets rise in the east and set in the west. Each morning I look to the east and smile. Its a daily reminder of my own reorientation away from the darker aspects of western life. The way we grow up in the west dooms us to lead complicated lonely lives in adulthood. This isn’t by any means the inevitable outcome of our culture, just the default setting that you may find you have fallen into if you allow your mind to be programmed by society at large.
- Survival of the fittest.
- Life is war.
- Only the strong shall survive.
- All’s fair in love and war.
- By any means necessary.
These are our creeds. An ideology built on competition, reductionism (separating the whole into parts), dominance of (wo)man over the natural world and fierce sense of the importance of our own individuality. There is also an echo of our impending annihilation and that materialist success is all that maters.
Our friends in eastern lands don’t live by the same philosophical understanding. They judge their lives around their attainment of harmony, balance, selflessness and connection. You are successful in what you give and what you contribute, not what you take, create or have. While we value individual success they prize collectivist ideals.
Meanwhile our individualistic metaphors drive evermore towards a ‘whatever goes screw the world and everyone else in it’ end game. The end justifies the means. In a dog eat dog world we strive to bark loudest amongst our peers and biting is not only okay it’s encouraged. These unusual narratives have been constructed to dislocate us from our true nature. Humans are pack animals. Relationships matter. We thrive when we feel a sense of real connection and contribution.
If you are stressed, in a spin and anxious feeding on the parasitic ideas espoused from the corporate culture that we have unconsciously accepted as the back bone of society simply choose a new narrative for your life and the lives of your family.
I offer a few alternatives below. The internet is a boundless source. Search until you find a visioning principle that serves you as the fundamental metaphor for your life and then grow in accordance with it. The culture of the corporation is not your culture. Don’t feel guilty rejecting it in the same way that a corporation cares not for you. You can only become a replaceable cog in a heartless machine if you choose to be (or fail to choose not to be!). Live well.
- The sage resists nothing, and in turn nobody resists the sage.
- Life is but a harmonious dance with nature.
- Behave simply. Value purity.
- Peace and quietness govern the world.
- Harmony is eternal. Knowing the eternal is called clarity.
- Life is a dream or life is a dance.
- My life is a mysterious party filled with surprise, joy and mirth!
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