There are some things we all know; yet we conveniently forget these basic truths as we go about our daily lives. So, let me remind you of a few things you already know (or should know), so that you can immediately begin improving the quality of your life.
1) Almost everyone is insecure. A lot of human behavior can be easily understood as being some sort of compensation for a lack of self-esteem. For example, young men and men going through a middle age crisis are fascinated with sexy, powerful cars because they are insecure about or unsure of their manhood. The real truth is that most of the guys who drive a red Ferrari or a big black Hummer are concerned that their penis is not big enough or does work well enough. So, the next time you are driving down the freeway and you see some short bald dude trying to pretend he’s sexy because he’s got the top down on his red sports car, you can smile because you know he’s secretly ashamed of how he looks in the men’s locker room or how he performs in the bedroom. Driving a big black SUV does not make you more of a man. The size and cost of your toys, the logos you wear, the brand names you flaunt cannot compensate for a lack of belief in yourself as being a sacred and powerful creature AND cannot make you happy and fulfilled, no matter how hard you try to pretend otherwise.
2) Most people don’t actually think very well. Here’s how you can tell if someone is actually capable of really thinking about things. Ask almost anyone why they think what they think about something and watch them squirm as they try to rationalize what is usually some irrational assumed opinion or belief. Critical thinking is defined as “Skilled, active, interpretation and evaluation of observations, communications, information, and argumentation.” Advertisers, propagandists, politicians and other conmen know this simple truth that most people are not capable of real critical thinking and use it to effectively manipulate the masses into behaving, buying and believing in all sorts of stupidities. Test your own thinking skills… Ask yourself why you think what you think. If your first response is “because it is true” then you know that you are lying to yourself or attempting to avoid actually thinking about your thinking. If you cannot write a list of ten good reasons why you think what you think about any single thing, then you know you are in need of some serious remedial self-analysis. When was the last time you actually sat down and thought about your own thinking processes? Hmmmm. Will you do it now? Probably not. Just go turn on your television to watch some reality show and dumb down some more. Or get busy for the sake of being busy so that you don’t actually have to stop and think. Think about this: the Buddha got enlightened by sitting under a tree thinking about things. He didn’t get enlightened by going to the mall and it is not likely that you will either.
3) Junk food is called junk food because it is junk. So why do you put it into your body? Lack of self-respect? The crap that people eat is beyond belief. What is even more incredible is the junk that people feed into their minds. Why do you actually watch that crap on TV? Do you think it is healthy or good for you? What was the last good book you read? I love this quote from Mark Twain… “A man who does not read good books is no better off than a man who cannot read.” What he is saying, and I agree, is that if you do not read good books, you may as well be illiterate. And by “good books”, I don’t mean the latest piece of escapist writing you picked up at the supermarket. Have you read anything recently by Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Aldous Huxley, Hermann Hesse, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Ayn Rand or Barbara Kingsolver? Hey, if you are reading this, you are forgiven for not reading a good book right now. 🙂