You are not just a son or a daughter, a husband or a wife, a carpenter or a plumber, a black person or a white person, a Christian or a Jew. Yet if you identify with these roles, you will not discover the essence within you that goes beyond them. Nor will you find a way to transcend the inevitable division these external definitions will create in your life. ~ Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love
I’ve been having a difficult time pretending.
There are things I see going on that many others don’t see, and I don’t know how or why they don’t see it. So I pretend.
I pretend like what’s going on in the world isn’t on my mind. I pretend I’m not concerned for the future of society as a whole. I pretend I don’t notice people making irrational emotional decisions to divide themselves into groups. I pretend I’m not upset that emotions (fear, anger, depression) are being used to create laws that force citizens to behave a certain way “for our own good.” I pretend I’m not offended by people who shame me for not going along with the emotional manipulation. For not being ruled by fear. For being true to myself.
I’ve never been one to follow the crowd just because I’m told it’s what people do. So, I pretend that I don’t notice how it’s like high school peer pressure. Follow and do what the cool-kids do or be ousted from having any friends; only this time you can lose your livelihood or maybe even be imprisoned.
I pretend that it doesn’t disturb me that so many don’t see the dangers of this emotional manipulation to divide and conquer.
The groups mentioned in the beginning quote are only a few which media manipulates people into identifying with. There’s also man/woman/trans, gay/straight, republican/democrat, liberal/conservative, mask wearer/non-mask wearer, vaccinated/non-vaccinated. Shall I go on?
We need to be free to err in order to transcend into deeper awareness of who we are. The enforcement of behavior by people who claim to be righteous, imprisons the soul, stifling growth, until something terrible happens to free us. The term history repeats itself, is not merely a simple cliché, it’s a truth we must always be on top of.
I’m really tired of pretending. I don’t want to know people on the surface from their skin color or which gender they have sex with. Whether you wear a mask, get or don’t get a vaccine is not what matters to me. If you put yourself in any of the categories mentioned in this post, I don’t want to know. Instead, what I’d like to know about you is what the Oriah Mountain Dreamer wants to know.