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Thursday
Feb022012

“AT THE CENTRE OF YOUR BEING YOU HAVE THE ANSWER; YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT”. 

Do we really know what we want or do we want what everyone else tells us we should want. Are we so focused on being like everyone else, following the rest of the herd, not standing out, that we have forgotten what it was we were searching for in the beginning?  

It can be like being in a crowd of people who are climbing a hill to see the view from the top; if we never make it,we get angry with ourselves that we can never get quite as high as every one else, so we start off trying to catch up with the others again. In the end it becomes all about keeping up with those above us and we forget that what we started off wanting was the view. Caught up in the feeling of being left behind, we never realize that the same view is just as beautiful from half way up the hill, and that in trying to keep up, we have passed it unnoticed many times.  

Why do we value things more if everyone we know has one, if it is sought after by others. Why don’t we treasure something that no one else wants? Perhaps it is to do with conformity, in not looking odd or sounding different, we want to be like everyone else, and that means wanting what they want. Praxidis Guerrero wrote “To be dragged in the wake of the flock, and to pass a hundred and one times beneath the shears of the shepherd, or to die alone like a brave eagle on a rocky crag of a great mountain; that is the dilemma”.    

There are those who genuinely don’t care what others think of their choices, and they are to be envied. For most of us to stand alone and to celebrate difference takes courage, it marks us out as odd, but the alternative is never to have what we really want, perhaps never to know what we really want. Being content to chase things just because others are chasing them often means giving up personal ambition, never having a dream that is all your own, and never feeling a joy that is understood only by you.  

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity".  Thomas John Watson Sr

Title quote by Lao Tzu

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