Originally Posted February 5 2016
If there is one thing that I don’t think it is possible to overestimate, it is the effect your life focus has on your perception of reality. I watch people fight tooth and nail over issues every day which are impossible to win because each side sees a completely different world than the other.
Is your main goal in life to keep safe? Then who cares about what you do to others? What’s it matter if you put others in harm’s way? If someone’s continued existence threatens your own for any period, get rid of them! After all, why should others have control over YOUR life?
If your main goal is achieving freedom, then who cares if you do it at the expense of others’ freedom? Who cares if someone is risking their or others’ safety? They have the right to do and experience what they want to experience! And how dare you try to impose your self righteous, moralistic, conservative views on them under the excuse of keeping them safe! What horrid person worries about others’ safety anyways?!?
If your main goal is financial growth, then who cares how you get it? Who cares if you lie and cheat to get things cheaper? Who cares if you ruin businesses with lawsuits? You have money now! Well… Not enough but you can still get more! After all, they would probably do the same to you if they were as smart as you!
If your main goal is fame, then who cares who you step on to get there? Who cares if what people see of you and who you are are completely different people? Who cares what things you do behind the scenes to get people to support and advertise you? The world NEEDS to see you! Well… Not YOU, but the you you’re showing!
If your goal is to NOT be like someone, then who cares if there are things they did that worked? Who cares if there are parts of their beliefs and life style that you probably would agree with if you listened to them? You’re not going to listen to them! They remind you of that person who you don’t want to be like! They and everyone like them are jerks!
There are two things which I find people don’t like to think of that are greatly impact our perspectives. First off is the fact that no matter what we think, there is an honest to goodness reality out their that we don’t see. We can’t read minds, we can’t be everywhere at every time, yeesh, in almost 7000 years we still don’t even know half of what’s on our own planet! Our perspectives are so absolutely fragmented and reality is so much bigger. Always remember you don’t see the whole picture, but there IS a whole picture which is outside your control.
Secondly realize, not everyone is like you. Not everyone thinks the way you do or values the things you do. Whether they SHOULD value these things or not is an entirely separate issue, but realize that people come to their decisions through various means which seem logical to them. Not that we are all right, in fact it is usually more likely that we are all wrong… But people notice different things and blind themselves to different things
Put deep thought into what you are living for because it honestly controls more than you think. Faith in itself is not a bad thing, we all have it as we have no choice BUT to have it with how little we know. Faith in the WRONG things however can be absolutely terrifying. Don’t underestimate how easy it is to convince yourself that human life is worthless, nor how doomed we all are if we go down that route