Tuesday, May 15, 2007

...in accordance to some specified standard or authority

"The most violent element in society is ignorance. " -Emma Goldman

Our fears scare us away from the truth. When we're afraid of something, we lose our ability to judge that subject with fair reason. When we let our fears or lack of knowledge control our ideas, we become closed-minded. Sometimes we accept ideas because they're the only ones we've been exposed to, the only ones we've been raised to learn, or the only ones that certain other people follow. Oftentimes, we don't take the time to explore the other options. Unfortunately, if we do not learn how to explore on our own, then all we're doing is growing into a mold that's been formed by the people around us and above us.

If you don't learn how to think for yourself, someone else will do the thinking for you. The masses of followers are slaves and tools of the creators of the conventional system.

When you have become so comfortable with your belief system, you've grown distant from the other options. When you have become so comfortable that you have become adamant, then you may forever be stuck in a state of unyielding change - even if that change may be good for you.

As human beings, we are innately stubborn. But are we so stubborn that all we can do is merely affix ourselves into molds and settle into their shapes? Surprisingly, it takes a lot of courage to think your way out of this one.