If we are being conditioned to be unhappy, dissatisfied, and always wanting more, is it any wonder that we are seeing higher level of mental illness? As individuals we want to improve, strive to be better, and grow, but are we doing it the right way? If we always want more than our neighbour, we can’t rely on our neighbour to help and support us, and they can’t rely on us. We are disconnected, and the very drive to discover new ideas and grow that once made humanity a powerful force exploring the planet has been corrupted and manipulated by Bernays and the corporate marketing machine of today.
Where we once sought to improve through development, growth, and working harder and/or smarter, we now seek to improve by giving a perception of who we are. We create a social media page showing the amazing things that happen in our life and promote how good things are, all the while breaking inside. There is no substance, only style and perception.
Yes, it’s been a week of bleak articles, but as ever, here’s the rainbow. You don’t have to live like that. You don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you don’t have to be a slave to Bernays and the corporate minions who work hard to make you unhappy every moment of every day. There is a way out.
Read. Learn. Grow. Study. Build yourself up so you don’t have to compare yourself to others. Work to be a better you, not better than someone else. Go to the library and regain some power (once again, the title is inspired by the Manic Street Preachers, this time it’s from Design for Life). Let your mind escape for a while. Imagine if the thousands of words you read on social media each day did something to ignite your creativity and imagination, or gave you a new perspective or idea and you were able to see things in a different light? What if we could read things that we disagreed with and they educated us to help open our minds to other ideas? What if we wrote those words for others to read instead of reading another post about how someone received crappy service at their favourite coffee shop, or went for a run at 5am? What if…?
Here are today’s three takeaways:
1 – We are living in a world that is actively working to make us dissatisfied and unhappy. This means we have to actively make decisions to work against it.
2 – Focus on what you want to achieve and figure out the first step of getting there. Don’t wait and follow the calf path, create your own future and direction.
3 – You read thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of words every day. What are you feeding your brain, is it nutritious or is it junk food?
This week we have taken a long look at how the world is actively trying to manipulate your mind to make you think that happiness can be purchased. It can’t. Take a moment today to think about what you want to achieve, and take the first step into a world of possibility. What are you waiting for?
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