People are afraid of change. And people are afraid of what they do not know. Sometimes we don’t know and don’t want to admit it. Hell, I even know some people who KNOW they are wrong and still don’t admit it and accept defeat! Their pride will consume them.
I had a heated debate about GMOs with a buddy of mine. He was a total vegan. I’m talking like, 10 years into the game without eating any bacon at all. Seriously, what gives, I thought…. But he was so PASSIONATE about how refraining from eating animals is actually helping the planet, healthier, happier, and most importantly, part of the whole picture that he wants to contribute to. It seemed like he was fulfilling part of his purpose in life.
I told him my short trial with veganism in my sophomore year in college. ( I only did it because a handful of others thought it was cool…) It was embarrassingly short lived, but what moved me towards that direction was how the meat industry is so messed up and cruel. I can admit, I was NOT aware what was going on. It was something that shook me: how could I be so lied to? I now had this new powerful insight! YES!
Once I started into veganism, I remember I had the urge to inform EVERYONE of my new healthy lifestyle change. It was weird, but it happened: I almost felt like my diet change entitled me to some status of sorts to where I had the right to judge people based on what they ate. I almost felt like I was, in a way, better than others because I “knew” it was better. I was, as the kiddos say, “woke”. (I’m sure you know someone just like that on your IG feed )
GOOD THING I CAUGHT MYSELF! Yeah, after that diet tanked, I was embarrassed and just kind of sheepishly ate my meat lovers pizza in my room with Netflix.
However, I understand completely the sense of pride one acquires from gaining a special insight or piece of knowledge that the mass population doesn’t seem to know. Its OK to feel good about learning, but it is not OK to judge others when they do not know or do not accept your new ideas/ knowledge. Like we said before, people are afraid of change. And people are afraid of what they do not know. If your ideas are strong, then you will have the research and credible sources to back up what you preach!
I recall a book I read (actually, my most FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME) called Outwitting The Devil by Napoleon Hill where the author stresses that in order to take control of your life, you must start learning how to think for yourself.
(Book review coming soon!)
THINK FOR YOURSELF!!!! <——-This is KEY!
Listen up: When we pop on Netflix, we allow the story on the screen to spoon feed our minds. When we have music blasting, we drown out our thoughts. AND when we take advice from less than credible people immediately without prior investigation, we are using their mind and not our own.
The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all.
There is so much garbage floating on the internet by people who claim to have done this, made X amount of money in such a short X amount of time, wonder pills that do X to your X in 3 days, and secrets to make anyone fall in love with you. The other day, I even came across a program to “Learn to Be a Master Black Ops Tactical Fighting and Submission Martial Artists in 3 Weeks Online!”
Are you f**king shi**ing me…that was my exact reaction…
He who conquers others is strong, but he who conquers himself is mighty
This may be more of a rant but bottom line my friends: Think for yourselves. Period. Just do that, and you will free your mind from these stupid chains that people try to attach you to. Don’t let the negative seeds people plant into your mind become a forest of weeds. Plant your own trees and let them flourish!