Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trained To Be Normal Clones

Close observation discloses that most of us, most of the time, behave and act mechanically, like machines. The specifically human power of self-awareness is asleep and the human being, like an animal, acts more or less intelligently solely in response to various influences. Only when man makes use of his power of self-awareness does he attain to the level of a person, to a level of freedom. At that moment he is living not being lived.

E.F. Schumacher was an internationally influential thinker. His 1973 book Small is Beautiful is among the 100 most influential books published after 1945. We do act like machines. We don’t pay attention to our thoughts most of the time. We forget the greater portion of the self, and allow outside influences to control our daily lives.

Self-awareness is something we learn to hide. We don’t want to be aware of the self that functions outside of our typical version of normal. We are trained to be normal clones. We take that normal, and make it lawful while our self-awareness hangs on our tree-of-life waiting for us to use it. Our cloned state prevents us from being free to travel within to our real state of normal. But we can release our cloned-self from our man-made restrictions, and feel the power of self-awareness.

That might sound odd, and no doubt it is, to normal folks who would rather herd themselves in a group, and allow others to push their enter button. We are 21st century machines that need an overhaul, and we are starting to experience that process now. Some will function in this new state of normal better than others, but, without a doubt, we all will feel the presence of self-awareness at some point in our reincarnational cycle.

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