To Be An Outsider by Mark Ulyseas
Many among us mix our tenses. The past, present and future tense are blended together like mixed fruit juice, tasting of everything and of nothing in particular. And it is this that confuses our inner self. It guides us away from reality to a perceived reality made up of assumptions and superstitions, which is reflected in our notions of right and wrong.
These notions are influenced by group therapy…aping the crowd and being part of it for fear of being an outsider, for fear of being alone. In this way we unknowingly imprison our free will. And when we are confronted by anyone different, away from the communal rut, we reject him or her because they don’t fit into our matrix… the cosy nest of inanity.
We have forgotten to question, question notions gathered along the way. And this is because we have achieved a disturbing level of sloth of the mind. The effort to think outside the box is too much drain on one’s senses so we take the road most travelled where fellow travellers can help carry our burden of self-deceit.
The FaceBook Likes are a fine example of people ticking the box without making any attempt to read the post. It is like window shopping without the least intention of buying anything.
Why are we afraid to be an outsider, away from the group mindset… the one who thinks and lives in a manner that celebrates the Self…one that defies the habitual motions encapsulated in our everyday mundane existence?
Why are we afraid to be ourselves in every sense of the meaning?
In each one of us lies the lunatic; A pure Being unfettered by the irrationality of society, untouched by the sameness of a group. This Being is best represented in the image of the moon. Deng Ming-Dao points us in the right direction with these words of wisdom.
“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
Perhaps it is time to unchain the lunatic within us to become what we were supposed to be when we were born – truly free pure beings.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om