Have you ever wondered why certain things keep happening to you? Have you ever wondered why you keep doing the same things and getting hurt, either physically, emotionally, or mentally? The answer is both easy and yet difficult to understand. This is for the fact that not only are we human but we are different, individually.
Each human being is unique and different. The fact that each of us live in different areas of society makes a portion of the summation of our character. Think about it, we make choices and have the freedom to do so. But what exactly is it that results in a choice being made? Our minds since we were young go through a complex learning process. We begin with the basics. I’m sure you’ve seen a baby put things in their mouth such as a teething ring or even their own fingers. That’s how they begin to learn and how to use their senses.
As we get older we should be able to use a stepping stone approach. By this I mean that we use the taking in of knowledge by reading, watching, and listening and then combine those with the practice of doing. By doing we apply the knowledge we have gained by performing certain types of work and actions. Thus we gain experience. Also, in effect the experience we gain is also called knowledge but this includes one of the three types of wisdom; either conventional, notable, or credible wisdom.
The process seems fairly straightforward and easy to understand just by reading my explanation. However, what kinds of aspects would have an affect on that process? Situations, other people, circumstance, external influence that can have either physical or spiritual effects without or within, and when those aren’t influencing us the factor is ourselves. We were born with our immediate selves, the power and freedom of choice, and will to move forward continuing on pursuing our goals and purposes. Even the principle of using one’s will is a learning process because an individuals will can become weaker or more resolve.
What should mold us into what we should be? Let me reiterate……what should we be and who has the right to make us and tell us what to be? The answer is that there isn’t any individual on the planet Earth that has the God given right to do that. Society dictates rules, laws, and regulations that we must follow to help protect, preserve, and enable our God given rights for the fact that we have learned from centuries of human experience and endeavors that to do otherwise leads us down a path of bondage and various types of slavery. What happens if we, individually and then collectively, lend ourselves to paths without principle using our will to overcome opposition that would have us believe our own human history is not correct? Also, what happens if we allow others to use our will instead of learning how to use that ourselves? The answer is various types of slavery, whether mental or physical. The physical aspect is easy to explain. However, the mental slavery aspect is more complex and involves warped perception by ideologies stemming from groups of individuals that are masterful at deceit, power, control, and manipulation. Mental slavery is the opposite of respecting the sanctity of the human mind.
There is a difference between a handful of diamonds and a beach full of sand. Of course, diamonds are more valuable and sand is everywhere making that almost worthless. Sand has it’s usefulness though. Diamonds are made through extreme pressure and the result is something beautiful and rare. Individuals that go through pressure are similar to diamonds or in another perspective adversity. Sand sits on the beach and gets washed to and fro with the tide or individuals walking over it.
Individuals similar to diamonds have a lot of practice and experience using their will to obtain and achieve their principles, values, knowledge, and experience. Individuals similar to sand are not as adept at using their will and resembles more of the basic human nature elements of a neanderthal. Based on the portion of society that an individual grows up in puts enormous pressure on them to become what they are when they grow older. However, human beings have characteristics within them that are entirely their own that help them rise above and overcome their first station in life. Some rise above and some do not. But, that does not mean that later on in life they cannot learn from mistakes, circumstances, and situations that pulled them down with “cold and timid souls” as T Roosevelt stated in his “The Man in The Arena.”
In the Bible Proverbs 26:11 it states “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” But, what exactly is it that causes an individual to return doing something they know will eventually lead them into the same situation, pain, suffering, misery, emptiness, and results as before time and time again? The answer is other people. You take an individual that has made some bad mistakes and put him or her among a group of people that are prone to make trouble and what do you think will happen? You take that individual away from the trouble makers and they are more apt to make better choices. They are less influenced and are more capable of learning how to strengthen their will. However, some people do not have the means or even strength of will to get themselves out of those types of situations. In another perspective there are individuals that are able to get out of bad situations and areas of influence but then soon return to their old habits of trouble. Sometimes this is because the lesson they were taught either did not have as big an impact on them as should have been or their knowledge and experience base isn’t what it should be and they rationalize away that things haven’t been that bad lately. Since things haven’t been that bad lately their personal scales are tipped in favor of evil.
When an individual becomes a diamond it does not mean that they have become stupid or dumb similar to the object of a diamond. Nor is this the fact that a diamond is inanimate. The metaphor is what an individual is and refers to the solidity and rareness of the type of resolve and will they have obtained as an individual. The reason why this is so unique is that every and various specific aspect of the summation of their character makes their resolve and will totally theirs and difficult to understand to individuals of the sand.
The sad part is that some individuals lose the strength of will because of circumstance. On the other hand some individuals are not a victim of circumstance. They have drawn themselves, somehow, out of those circumstances but they resubmit themselves time and again to those quick and easy moments of evil pleasure rationalizing the whole time and in effect wasting their own time. The rationalization piles up becoming compounded weighing too much to even fathom or backtrack how they got to where they are. They might think “I’m here might as well have fun until I get hurt again.” Often that is short lived and when they get hurt, however that is, the pain really does hurt. However, they have in effect chosen to hurt themselves so much their mind, spirit, and body are so warped they become too malleable in all the wrong ways. This means that external influences, whatever they might be, control them easily. They become addicts of the institution of their own cycle. Their cycle of habits becomes a barrier they cannot overcome or climb over, figuratively speaking, and they become a prisoner within the walls of every external ideology and influence. Their sphere of influence has become enmeshed with everything outside of it making it penetrable. Thus everything else in motion or with a whim moves the individuals sphere about however they please.
On the opposite, the individuals similar to diamonds have learned how to use their sphere of influence. They know themselves and what they are capable of, whereas individuals similar to sand say “I know I’m capable of whatever they want me to do.” This is in most cases undesirable because it eventually leads them again where they started or worse.