In a social setting, depending on who we are interacting with, we will both consciously and unconsciously adopt a persona, that is, filter our interpersonal output.
For various practical-personal-societal-selfish reasons, coffee with friends, supermarket exchanges with attractive strangers and telephone exchanges with telesales operatives will likely as not see us showing different sides of ourselves.
It is the extent to which we undergo this personality change (and whether it’s your own personality or someone else’s that you’re consciously expressing) dictates whether or not we are, through this, to be considered duplicitous.
We are not unaffected by our immediate physical surroundings. We interact with them, and are in turn affected by their impact on us. It’s the same with people, and it’s probable that we affect each other more than the physical world affects us.
The expression “he/she/it brings out the best/worst in me” explains my thoughts on this subject quite well. I think in the fullest sense, our “selves” are multi-faceted. Kind of like a colour spectrum. And the magnetic nature of people and their personality traits will evoke something of a similar kind in the people that they are around, depending on the extent to which other people have that same personality trait in their deep psyche.
We can be each other’s safety net. We can also be each other’s restricting tether. If you view a human soul as the seed of a plant, whose mission (as it were) is to come to full bloom, then our ‘duty’ here is to nourish the seed, give it what it needs to grow.
That is to say, to provide the conditions in which healthy growth can occur. I would say that if you’re wanting to change the world, start with yourself. Charity begins at home. Create the conditions in which you can become “better”.
Tend your inner fire, maintain it, and you cannot but grow, become stronger and pave the way for others to do the same. As an aside, the world won’t be saved by the implementation of some new kind of political-social system. Any system is only as just or corrupt as the ones who uphold it. In the end it always and only comes down to individual people.
Ignore the insidious saying that all humans are Born equal. All humans are equal. We have the same power, in the same quantity. We exert this power in the first instance, and most incisively, through our thoughts. Individual abilities and talents vary.
I think in this we are at least as varied as the species in the animal kingdom. But in the current state of the world the conditions created by us humans no longer permit inner growth to the point where these abilities or talents can even come to the fore, let alone flourish.
Call me pessimistic but humanity is pretty degraded, devolved and debauched at the moment… We revel in the advances achieved through the intellect, blind to our collective poverty of spirit. There’s no point in claiming impotency and moaning about the talents of so and so, because we don’t have the faculty to fully assess our own. We’re all still seeds. And being of the same essential nature, we all have the same basic needs, spiritually, emotionally and physically. By looking after the simple basics alone, everyone can thrive. The world will be much less shit.
Just take it for granted that you existed before earthly birth, and that you will continue to do so after your earthly death. Your time here is meant to be a period of inner growth. So follow your inner guidance and just let it happen. All of nature follows the same rule and is constantly pushing you in the right direction. All we really have to do is not obstruct the flow.
Being something of a language geek I like to muse on the way we communicate. Most of us are not consciously telepathic yet, though we do all communicate this way, all the time. It’s like zombies having a shared “knowing”. But anyway, in terms of verbal communication, I think one way in which we can improve conditions on earth, raise the bottom line so to speak, is to try to employ the principles of honesty, respect and clarity in all our interpersonal dealings. I think a lot of bad shit can be eliminated this way, and we as humanity might even begin to recover some of our lost virtues.
So, yeah. We’re all multicoloured, magnetic people. Like attracts like, so by showing our true colours we’ll bring out the best in each other.
There’s more to us than you might think, and there’s a very long way to grow till we bloom. The best is yet to come, so don’t throw in the towel just yet.
© 2013 Sky Dyver – sorendreier.com