Each person that I have ever met has in one way or another basked in the glow of their individuality. The certain perks and character traits that made them uniquely them. I have as well clung to these traits to separate myself from the crowd, to show my unique value. Yet I look at society today and see that I am participating in a world that is manipulating all of us into a prison of individuality. This is a prison that keeps us separate from learning about ourselves and our own thoughts. It makes me wonder what I am missing. We are all connected, all we have to do is look for it.
The Grand Manipulation
The education system has been ingeniously designed
to build our sense of isolation over the years. We are told what to think, how to look, how to display affection, what is important, and even how to feel. When we don’t follow in lock-step with the expectations we are failed, left behind, or ridiculed. We all learn to find acceptance in our society, we follow the rules, we believe what we are told, without question. It is the building of isolation and separateness.
I think the truth is when we are born we have no worry about following rules, we live for the enjoyment of simply being alive. As long as our basic needs are provided for we develop on a path of kindness. It is the programming of society that changes this.
So once we have been conditioned to acceptable
individuality as we grow, in adulthood the cell door is slammed shut and we seemingly willingly throw away the key. Working a large portion of the week, exchanging our time for money, we spend our free time staring at electronic devices, (television, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.) Each of these devices draws our consciousness into a world of make-believe and keep us from actually interacting with others.
The sad part is that we feel we have free will but each moment we are interacting with technology, we are drawn away from who we are and more into a land of make-believe. Our minds are further brainwashed into looking for the material possessions that will make us “happy”.
So we sit alone together watching the world happen on a television screen through a game or a story. It isn’t real, and we are decidedly alone. That isn’t how it should be.
We Are All Connected, Choose to See It
All living things are connected if we choose to see it.
We are all a collective drop of water in the ocean of humanity. Each person contains within them the spark of wonder. Many people start to remember this as they get older. They don’t feel like things are quite “right”. That what they have been taught is filled with faulty feeling and lies. People collect all of the material possessions they will ever need, yet they still are unhappy. “Is this it?” often occurs to you and you realize your experience just can’t be all that there is. So you begin to search for the connections.
A great way to escape is to consciously look to widen your sphere of personal influence through actually having positive human interaction. Look for opportunities to connect with other people, in meaningful ways. Enjoying things mutually in life, a common purpose or an experience of life that can be shared, enjoyed and remembered together.
Look for a chance to connect through the day, with those you come in contact with randomly, or even more importantly with those that you care about. How many meals do you eat as you are watching television, in isolation? Look for chances to expand your reality to include others so that your life will become richer. Leave the prison of modern life and accept the freedom that we all yearn for, even if we have forgotten it exists.
Hold hands, have a conversation about love or life, send a note of encouragement, compliment someone sincerely, be kind to a stranger, help someone in simple ways, share something, play a game, go for a walk with someone, start a project, discuss how to make the world a better place, provide hope. Or any of a million other things that we know are good and will bring connections between people.
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us a universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest … a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein