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A Taste Of True Freedom

With all the crazy unusual things happening around the world at the moment, is it any wonder that there are people looking towards the sky for armageddon and the image of salvation.

One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people are a bit squeaky in the hinges.
They do their best to hide it behind a mask of civility or new age saccharine but when things start to become unhinged in the bigger picture it gets harder for them to keep their insecurities hidden.
So they start to look for reasons, scapegoats and saviours.

It is so easy to blame something outside of ourselves for the pain we feel or for feelings that make us feel uncomfortable.
All we know of the outside world is experienced inside our consciousness so does that mean that reality exists only in our minds?
That without our minds to filter the information we experience, it would all be a jumble of atomic proportions that would surely overload us, break our squeaky hinges and send us over the waterfalls of madness.

So, does the notion of an armageddon exist within the confines of reality?

People have thought so throughout the pages of history.
Plague, war, famine, natural disasters and man made fuck ups have all led people to believe that the end is nigh.

So how did they feel when the clock struck the foretold moment and nothing happened?

Some would have felt let down in a big way.
Some would have rationalized it as being saved by the grace of some omnipotent being who suddenly changed his mind at the last moment because he loved us too much to destroy us or…..maybe he just had something better to do.

The build up to the desired moment is a bit like a relationship.
Beginning with attraction, the tease of flirtation, the promise of the fulfillment of desire, and then the consummation of that desire.

When it doesn’t quite turn out the way we expect, then the real trouble begins as rationalizations and someone or something to blame is looked for.
This enables the release of the anger and rage from feeling that disappointment, instead of just accepting the fact that they might have been wrong or had been taken for a ride.
I mean nobody likes to admit they’ve been a fool, do they?

So all of you who can understand what I’m rambling on about, sit back and watch something that has been repeated throughout the centuries unfold before your eyes.
A valuable lesson still unlearnt.

Hopefully it wont end in burnings and hangings and mass slaughter as has happened in the past.
I hope we have evolved and matured enough to be past all of that and will finally learn the simple fact that even though we are all unhinged in some way, we have the ability to oil those hinges and so they don’t rust and break.
That we are capable of looking inwards towards ourselves for any salvation we feel we may need, that we are responsible for every thought and action we commit in this strange, tragic but beautiful world.
We are capable of self responsibility for all we do and in doing so we give ourselves a taste of true freedom.

People Are Frightened Of Change

It’s true, I used to be one of them and even today it is an uncomfortable transition.
People are frightened of change, change of address, change of relationship, change of circumstance and of course the biggest change of  all, death.

Having been one of the timid masses I can understand the reasons but cannot fathom the denial.                  If your life changes to such an extent where even Blind Freddy could see a change is needed in the course of a persons life, why wouldn’t you take up the challenge and find where it leads, it must surely be a better place then where you once were but not so for some, they will cling with all their strength screaming denial at the bloody obvious and why?
A simple malady we have all suffered from at some stage in our lives – the fear of change.

I have been surprised and disappointed by some people I thought made of tougher stuff, who have used their strength to hold on for dear life to their comfort zones even though the waters of life are dragging at them and will assuredly win in the end.
They create more suffering for themselves, needlessly.

Of late I have felt astonished at one person in particular that I know of  who even though he has suffered an injustice brought about by the path he was walking in life, still seems to have learnt nothing, he is still the same – the same mentality, the same way of viewing life and seemingly determined to continue walking the same path which led him to his predicament in the first place.

I have lived for 43 years and in that time have learnt sometimes through the hard way, that life will teach us what we need to learn whether we like it or not.
The wise will look for the lessons presented and make the best of the situation while the foolish will still struggle determinedly on their way, ignoring the bleeding obvious.

It seems their addiction to suffering means more to them than their ability to succeed in life.
So why would someone be addicted to suffering I hear it said?
Well there is usually some emotional pay off for them, whether it be the “poor me” syndrome, the “martyr ” syndrome, the “doormat” syndrome, or the “victim” syndrome, take your pick. I’m sure there are other reasons but these four spring to mind straight away.

It is understandable, it is unfortunate, it is sad, it is real and as I said before, nearly all of us have been in this situation where our mistakes have led us to the crossroads where we are given the opportunity to make a change for the better in our direction and learn.

The reason we make mistakes is to learn of better ways to live our lives for the short time we have them, so while I can have understanding and compassion, I feel no sympathy for those who continue to cause their own selves suffering when they have been given a unique opportunity to make a change for the better.

T o have courage is to have the ability to lead ourselves out of the valley of despair and accept the challenge to climb that mountain where we can gain a better perspective in the direction we need to go next.

If you lead others will follow, so be careful where you lead them by watching where your place your own footsteps, this is a responsibility we all share towards each other.

Living In The Suburbs

After living in the country for almost twenty years I was forced by unfortunate circumstances to live in the suburbs.
The suburbs, where you can hear your next door neighbour snore, itch and fart, where the ritual of the lawn mower and brush cutter have taken the place of the birds singing in the trees and the once gentle fragrant breezes are replaced by the fossil fumes of automobiles racing each other down the white line of the freeways of hell. Continue Reading »