Legendary writer Henry Miller had some fascinating thoughts about what it takes to become an artist. He famously said, “First you have to be crushed, to have your conflicting points of view annihilated. You have to be wiped out as a human being, in order to be born again as an individual.”
Youch! Tough words. But I’m feeling what he’s saying. And I think it applies in a similar way to what it takes to be successful and prosperous in the world today.
The millions of memes sweeping the world, and the new technology which allows them to spread faster – have caused humanity to evolve much deeper into the herd mentality.
The result is you have literally billions of people who have been programed to think money is evil, rich people are bad, and it’s somehow spiritual to be poor. They believe work is something to be endured. And they think a good life is one in which you keep your head below the cubicle and reward yourself with Netflix on the evenings and weekends.
And for many people, they need to be wiped out, with a wake up call of divorce, disease, poverty, or other symptoms of a life of quiet desperation – until they’re woke enough to leave the herd and take the risk of living a prosperous life.
How about you? Are you woke?