Last post I made the case that to discover truth, you must release your opinions. This flies directly in the face of a great deal of conventional personal growth and self-development dogma – which implores you to trust your gut, follow your intuition, etc.
This established advice is based on the premise that you are a well-adjusted, self-aware person. The problem with that premise is the percentage of people who actually are well-adjusted and self-aware is exceedingly small. Most people are lacking self-awareness, so they are easily manipulated. And one of the easiest ways to program you if you are in this state, is to lead you down a path where you believe you’re making decisions as a free thinker – but are actually just having quite-predictable, kneejerk reactions to the mind viruses (memes) you’re infected with. Some examples:
- You supported The Patriot Act, because who doesn’t want to be a patriot?
- You believe in socialism, because you want to support the poor and disadvantaged.
- You think because you’re drinking “diet” soda, consuming those eight sodas a day is somehow healthy for you.
In each of these examples, you take a course of action that produces the opposite of what you believe it does and you’ve been manipulated like a puppet. So unfortunately, following your gut, intuition, inner voice, etc. is harmful, not helpful, to you.
However, when you have done the necessary inner work of critical thinking, questioning the premise and divorcing your opinions from truth – that is when you can “trust your gut,” because now you are operating from truth. Which is what we’ll explore more in the next post. Until then, please share your thoughts below.
I understand what you're saying with the above examples, but oh boy, do I ever regret not following my gut, when I should have dumped my first serious gal because I saw how destructive she was.. but I let her talk me into staying with her and sure enuff, she stuck it to me too.. beyond stupid that I thought I could change her... always, always, go with your gut and mind if you see something that's off..
Good point. Communism sounds great, because it contains the word, "commune". Socialism sounds great, because it contain the word, "social". But their true names is, "enslavement, killing, robbery".
But how do you become a well-adjusted, self-aware person?
We'll definitely explore that deeper in future posts and on the podcast. -RG
Diet soda is dangerous to your health because of artificial sweeteners. soda with sugar is dangerous because of the high amounts of sugar. There is a better way that will help the poor and disadvantaged and also lower the numbers of poor and disadvantaged. Patriarchy is a dangerous way.
All are born self aware and well-adjusted. We learn beliefs that change our awareness and ill-adjusted.
Not that I am a socialist but I do believe we still want some socialistic type institutions in our country, such as public libraries, public roads, public health department, public education....