I have been trying to get my point across for as long as I can remember. I have lingering memories of questioning things and wanting answers, my Lilliputian defiance demanded it. It’s no surprise that this photo came to mind as I considered the starting point for this blog.
Even here at the age of four, I can almost recall a sense of knowing something about the world that was not told to me, but was just there in my mind to ask about and then confront adults when their actions veered from the sensical.
I’ve learned a lot since this time and am much less confrontational. I’ve come to understand that there is no such thing as a single truth and that each person creates his own version of what truth is, whether it is based in reality or not.
One of our purposes in life is to understand truth, but in order to grasp this, we first need to know ourselves. When we think about knowing ourselves, it doesn’t mean the labels we attach to our physical being–parent, teacher, friend, traveler, advisor, mechanic, activist, artist…the labels are infinite. And neither are we our sex, race, marital status or gender.
Labels we use to describe ourselves are great on forms, statistics and classification. They function as a means of telling other people where you fit on the pie chart. All media, advertisers and politicians will then find you on this pie chart from hell and tell you how you should be feeling, what you should accept or reject, what you can be happy or upset about and ‘Don’t worry because we know you, so you don’t have to’.
Knowing yourself is work. Stepping away from cultural and familial pressures and expectations is work. Finding your purpose and discovering your true inner self is work, but there is no better work than inner work.
In the past few years I have gone through some dramatic change and have had some intense inner discoveries. My life and worldview has dramatically improved. I have clarity where there was once uncertainty and distraction and as I continue to move forward I would like nothing more than for others to be on a path of discovery right along with me.
Like the mouthy child in the photo above, I have much more to say and will be sharing my insights, thoughts and personal experiences with anyone who cares to hear about them. I encourage comments and questions as well.
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