To affirm life is to respect its cycles. You can offer no disrespect to the departed by living vibrantly.
So, what would you create?
You will be what you desire to be. You will be what you imagine being, and more specifically, what you have lead others to image you are. That’s the really sort of twisted part of this whole dynamic in reality.
Ironic, in trying to ‘control’ ourselves we allow others to control us. Exactly.
Anyone have much luck in convincing themselves they are in every way the person they want to be? People actually weaken themselves with the effort to better themselves. Efforts to bolster self-esteem have been linked to a few mental illnesses and increased anxiety in general, but this whole subjugation phenomenon can be used to our own benefit. We can hack what is hacking us. Take advantage of our questionable free will, and we do this by “faking” as if we were the person we most want to be. We have to be subtle, not oversell it. It takes finesse, but when your “ritual” or habits have been established well enough, then it won’t be so much you bending the world to your will, but the world bending you to your own will.
In the negative light, monsters breed monsters. When an individual at their core believes they are a truly evil and horrible person, they convince others that they are truly evil and horrible people. They grow in that role and have the view affirmed.
The real power of a personal decision is that afterwards one observes the world “melting and bowing” to have that decision come to fruition. Exactly, and people make those decisions by passive consent more often than not.
But to finish the negative case, that self-fulfilling monster actually breeds monsters around them as well. Because they have convinced others that they are a monster, they also successfully convince others that there are monsters, that monstrous people are possible, and through intimate association, that birds of a feather flock together. Like father like son, the victim becomes the victimizer and the cycle continues. It may seem self-serving to try to use others to build your preferred self-image, but by doing so you give permission for the creation of a positive self-image to those others involved.
And by ones will it can end with them. Not by will. By will alone we all break. By passion, by spirited imagination, in that way is the nightmare recreated as something other than the heritage of sin. The sinner transformed into the saint. To Christians, it’s referred to as gods will. The influence of an imagination beyond that of the individual.
The reason people doubt gods will these days is that whatever consensus there may have once been is since lost. The communities imagination is filled with commercials and political imperatives, contending camps, no unified vision, thus most people live lives of quite crucifixion being drawn and quartered, in a sense, by “real life.”
I will firmly state I do not believe in real life. I believe in material life. I believe in natural life. I believe in mental and spiritual life, but I don’t believe in any subset of these that splits one aspect of life from another. What about you friends?
Real, unreal do seem like useless categories. Does the idea of real life heal anyone? Does it, by itself, liberate anyone?
1. true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
2. existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: a story taken from real life.
3. being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary: The events you will see in the film are real and not just made up.
4. being actually such; not merely so-called: a real victory.
5. genuine; not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation; authentic: a real antique; a real diamond; real silk.
Definitions of the word “real”. What have we ever created that wasn’t “made up”? What problem have we ever solved without making something up?
Here are some definitions of the word “fact”:
1. something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
2. something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
4. something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
5. Law. Often, facts. An actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence. Compare question of fact, question of law.
I don’t myself see anything to distinguish these from fiction. Am I in error? Anyone disagree? Please feel free if you do. I swear you won’t be attacked. I know I am making bold statements here.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.