28 Jan 2012, Posted by yohami in politics,thoughts, 9 Comments.
I joined a semi-religious sect (ontological coaching) for a couple of months a long while ago. It surprised me to see how regular people would question their lives and go deep and grow and reach for better, when they had the support of a herd. It didnt matter that such herd was ultimately misguided. Their belief would allow them to do “crazy” stuff and assimilate knowledge that would take years to be transmitted if you first had to take each one out of the herd, one at a time.
All because they felt safe. Because they were doing what everyone else was doing. All because they belonged.
So. Belonging to a herd puts you to sleep. The herd cant illuminate you. Illuminating yourself and owning your circumstances requires personal work and, ultimately, it breaks you apart from the herd. The herd mentality is the opposite of an illuminated mentality.
But, culture gets to you before you have any saying on whether you want it or not and all of its knowledge, myths, moral and common sense are given and taken as facts. Then you play along in order to be accepted, in exchange of the identity the herd provides. Thats the path of least resistance and how we enter this world. When we come here, we´re all sheeps.
And your herd can make you or break you, in the same way parents can make you or break you.
So, what the herd can, or could do, is to attempt to do things right instead of attempting them wrong.
I´d rather have a herd that teaches truth / responsibility / owning yourself / love / the value of being awaken and gives you tools, rather than a herd that intentionally sedates you, keeps you down, distracted, scared; a herd that pushes you in the right direction, rather than a herd that only pushes so they can have your milk.
Then when / if you do the personal work needed to own yourself, you may awake in a better place, instead of awakening so far from good you wish you didnt open your eyes in the first place.
In short, the sense of safety and [the natural instinct of] going along with the masses can be used for good, as long as the masses are going in a good direction, and as long as illuminating and owning yourself is encouraged rather than shamed upon.
The herd itself isnt the problem.
While Im here Im going to grow a herd. Changing the world for better is not task for individuals. Everyone is going to reach for better, when everyone else is doing it, too.
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