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Because when you're in the middle, you're not winning. You're not safe. You're still in danger of being put on the bottom. We're still animals and that's how animals think. If you're not winning, you're losing. And just because you have enough brains to lie about it, doesn't make it any less true. You feel the impulse to mate, to feed, to fight, and to generally exhibit a higher order of the same behavior you see in animals. And if you're not winning, you're losing. Because even if you're in a generally stable position, others are passing you by. Others are demanding more, reaching for more. And that puts you closer and closer to the bottom just by standing still. And then the person you're sharing with decides it isn't enough. And then you've left yourself open for the most critical failure of all.
Normal is a relativistic term.
If you were to really try, you could do some independent learning and let the evidence persuade you a little bit. Then you could be on the sheep side of the sheep-goat effect for a change, and then you would be in a psychological position to experience veridical psychic experiences of your own. Then you would be able to open up to the collective unconscious. Without an open psychic link to the collective unconscious, you won't be able to come over and have tea and hookah with me in the afterlife. I would very much like that.
All though I don't see any personal application for psi-phenomena, I will look into it further.
I actually used to think this way myself. I cant deny what you are saying has relevance to me however I do not feel in danger in anyway partly because I know what fear is and how to transmute it into something useful for me if needed. The other part is that I just don't care that much about what other people are up to. I know you may not understand this or may interpret this the wrong way but I don't know any other way to express it.
The bottom, the top it is the same thing from a different perceptive as I see it. If I am the so called bottom I can adapt and make it the top to me. Comparing myself to other people is a sure way to failure. You know why? Because I am not them, it is that simple to me anyway.
If I may enquire, what is the most critical failure of all?
reply to post by TheDualityExperience
That is your decision. That is your right. I won't tell you you're wrong for choosing such a path because I'm not convinced it's wrong myself, nor do I really believe it should be labeled in such absolute terms. I will say that taking inspiration from fear is not necessarily resolving that fear. The two ideas are not mutually inclusive. One may lead to the other, but will not guarantee it. Fear, in my mind, is useful only insofar as it provides a sense of balance between selflessness and selfishness. Beyond that, it is a dangerous emotion to indulge and often brings more harm than good, particularly given that fear happens to stroke most often where reason and calm are most needed.
Even so, fear is just as necessary as confidence.
Of course, by changing what you want. But then what's the point of wanting anything? The most critical failure is to allow the hostile faction so far inside your camp that they've had a cup of coffee with you and shaken your hand before you realize there's a knife still buried in your back. And while there is the idiom "what doesn't kill you..." there is also the thought that if they are smart, they'll make SURE it kills you.