Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my ramblings. This is not meant to cast a light on any specific type of person or mentality, but
rather my thoughts on an antiquated term tied closely to ones character and ego.
I’m not here to convince anybody of anything and my opinion on the matter is my own. I’m just looking for some friendly conversation regarding
what I believe has plagued the house of ATS and is driving certain members into becoming emotional poster children for the “team” they support.
It has created, as it does every election cycle, a volatile playground of angst and mud slinging. Not a good way to conduct ourselves around here.
Staying informed is different than being awake. While not dependent on each other, in order to be truly informed, one must be in an awakened state.
The term “awakened”, for lack of a better word, should be used loosely and will be described and interpreted differently by each individual. Some
have shared similar experiences and the general concept behind the term is certainly shared by everybody.
Our stories become life changing events and the process one goes through can leave us in a greater state of confusion than when we started. We reach
out for answers and hope other people can provide closure to our open ended thoughts. The bigger picture comes into focus and finding the truth
becomes less taxing when you have more than one person looking for it. On the flip-side, agreeing on another person’s findings is where the original
concept of questioning everything can turn on you and will become a delicate dance for you to master.
I learned at an early age to question everything I was told. This frustrated my parents, as I was often rebellious and questioning their ideals. Due
to an early tragedy, I’ve had to raise myself into adulthood alone which in itself taught me to intently observed my surroundings and extract the
lesson when available. This began my transition into a free thinker, but forming my own opinions about complex topics at a young age ensured my
stubbornness later on in life. Your thoughts and actions become trial and error when lacking the guidance one might receive from their parents or a
close role model. I slowly drifted from organized institutions and had trouble joining specific social constructs, even when they benefited me
financially and intellectually.
When alone for long periods of time, you become your best friend and your worst enemy and finally, maintaining your equilibrium becomes a necessary
task. The sooner you learn to let go of things that are beyond your control, the easier it will become to handle what is. Clearing your mind of worry
and fear allows your true brilliance to shine through, revealing new ways of thinking and personal traits that some might have never realized they
had. Unfavorable emotion takes a back seat when expressing your thoughts and opinions. People begin to take notice and become interested in your
independent way of thinking.
Real collaborative discussions start to reveal the answers and the truth often crops up more often when you are actively seeking it. With that said,
do not allow your mind to be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Avoid listening to false prophets and their encompassing interpretation of life.
Most if not all truths worth seeking are found from within and anyone claiming they know better than you has ingratiated themselves with the burden of
proof. In the end, its up to you to believe it or not, taking the status of right or wrong and reducing it down to a set of beliefs held for an
indefinite amount of time. These beliefs are your
truths and will shape the way you navigate through life. Holding them or letting them go has
drastic consequences on yourself and others.
The less you carry, the easier it becomes to explore and entertain multiple angles as is often required to form a more well rounded opinion. We are
inclined to believe those we trust, but the trust of an individual is often thinner than ice and easy to break. Beliefs become investments and the
payouts justify the initial buy in. When one is directly benefiting from their beliefs such as many politicians do, the truth becomes secondary as
life gets more comfortable and rewarding. We lose sight that the real rewards are the truths we find in ourselves. When we find and apply them
correctly, most of the monetary or material kickbacks happen naturally. You don’t need to break your moral compass to be successful.
Many self proclaimed “awakened” individuals are simply falling back onto their egos and lack the ability to turn their lives into a truly selfless
endeavor. This all comes back to my thread title and why most of us find ourselves here. We have all had trouble swallowing some pill or another and
our lack of trust in authority begs us to seek answers to questions we share on our own terms. I speak for myself when I say the entire thing is
rigged, as there are many flaws in oversimplifying the system when trying to make a point. When taking a step back, you are not only observing a
single machine, but a system of systems. If the illusion was too obvious, the entire thing would fall apart, so its broken down into smaller
sub-systems in order to maintain better control and oversight.
It doesn't take much to start a landslide and a few sentences out of the right figurehead puts the whole developed world into an uproar. The saying,
“how do you know when a politician is lying...”, was not created in jest, but sickly reflects that which is actually true. The exceptions to this
rule, who do serve our country with our best interests in mind often never make it to the top of the crap heap and their backs become the floor for
rats, scoundrels and cheats to walk upon. They do what they can locally and hope there successes don’t get ripped off by potbellied controllers
reveling in their own self serving policies.
In my opinion, politics is gross and comparable to a dog show. The candidates for presidency might as well keep their mouth shut, as none of their
ideals support the will of the people. They are well groomed, lack real substance and their bark offers little precursor to their bite. Louder
proponents often speak for quieter ones adding to the illusion and the actual will of the people is often misrepresented to be larger than it
appears.You are told what you want to hear mixed with a dash of political identify to represent either side of the isle. An economy does not need
politics to run and if the government put as much energy into getting things done that matter as it does mulling over unimportant issues and violating
our rights and privacy, things might actually begin to improve.
edit on 15-8-2015 by eisegesis because: (no reason given)