“As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light of meaning
in the darkness of mere being.”
― C.G. Jung
Have you ever just sat back and tried to wrap your mind around the vastness of the universe? Just imagine, for a minute, looking outside of the world you’ve accepted. Imagine gazing down on earth from beyond the stars and pondering all the pandemonium on our tiny planet. Earth, billions of years old, floating in the infinite universe at the perfect distance away from the sun to support life. And with all its calamities, wars, brutality, natural catastrophes, we’re still alive and well, while, unthinkably, 99% of all species that was once a part of us has died off.
Since our earliest days of breathing, we’ve been astounded by the mystery of it all; the sheer enigma of creation and that fierce curiosity of what lies beyond. All of us, to make up for our inability to grasp the unknowable, construct our own little world of illusions to comfort our ignorance. This is human nature. Myths help us identify the mysteries and energies in us and around us.
Myths are what make us vital and give us that hope we need to overcome fear of the unknown.
But there is a dark side to our illusions, like everything else. We keep our personal beliefs so close to our hearts, that sometimes, those who don’t share them with us, we hate or turn away. We tend to claim a monopoly on truth based on the limited knowledge we’ve accumulated in our short lives.
And through the ages, people have erected huge institutions to showcase and push these beliefs on their fellow-man. These institutions have evolved into powerful voices used to restrain the individual and ridicule those who do not conform. This is what has led to the great divorce among humanity and is the root cause of the conflict-ridden world we live in today. We as individuals tend to generate so much resentment towards those who challenge our illusions that we either deem them enemies or live consumed with fear, bitterness and dread. Sometimes both. The great divide weighs heavily on humankind.
But there is so much more to life than what we think, or where we live or who we worship. There is another world beyond our perceptions, but we rarely see that.
It’s time to wake up.
Open up our third eye.
Rethink what we’ve been taught.
Kick fear in the ass.
Turn off the TV.
Never say no.
Go all the way.
Our world is so much more significant than the institutions we’re obedient to, or the religions we create, or the nations we’re born into. These factors limit our view of the world and cause so much hatred and strife among us. It’s time to change that.
People who’ve been conditioned since their youth to think a certain way seem reluctant, as an adult, to explore new ideas or reassess what they’ve been taught. Why is this? Why not a little cerebral check-up every now and then. Read something that goes against your beliefs. Watch a debate on issues you think are absolutes. Do something you couldn’t ever possibly seeing yourself doing. Go to another country and…
see what they see…
feel how they feel…
think like they think.
Refuse to go with the general census. Challenge popular opinion. Never regurgitate what you’ve been told. Read, read and read.
Maturity is rarely achieved by those who refuse to think for themselves. It seems that our fear of truth is as much a part of us as is our ability to love.
To summarize the point of this short post, I’ll use the words of the late great Joseph Campbell:
You become mature
when you become the
authority for your own life.
The old skin has to be shed
before the knew one can come.