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Emotions, Addictions and Immatureness
A Real Look At Achieving Truth
Journaling and a Media Break
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Mass medium companies get profits for the most part from ads, and for ads to be effective, you have to eventually purchase something—whether it is an automobile, a substance, or a meal. Individuals who carry an exact model of reality only purchase what they really want or require, so advertisers often market half-truths and straight-out false statements to hike up profits. For instance, if a brewery may convince you that drinking intoxicants will make you appear popular or sexy, they may get more income than if they depict a more accurate picture of intoxicant consumption. In order to totally trust the info provided by a mass medium source, you have to be able to trust that the source won’t sacrifice the truth.
The issue with corporate-owned mass medium is that when there’s a battle between profit and reality, reality doesn’t always make headway.
The cumulative result of mass medium exposure is to train you to assume a false view of truth—one that maintains pro-advertiser values. The more you expose yourself to mainstream mass medium like TV, the more skewed your mental example of truth becomes. Moreover, the more time you vest in mass medium consumption, the less time you invest in learning from straight experience. This is a route of long-term laziness, indifference, and decline, not sound reasoning.
You are able to cut back the effect of this roadblock by learning to detect delight in the direct experience of life rather than the lie of mass medium. If you’re exposed to media conditioning, stay aware that particular individuals have a vested financial concern in remolding your notions about truth in a way that frequently conflicts with reality.
I’m optimistic; all the same I believe that that society will finally outgrow the need for media manipulation as more individuals recognize that power and reality needn’t be in dispute. Power and reality work much better as friends; together they forge a better life.
Social training is a close first cousin to mass medium conditioning. The culture in which you live—including your loved ones, acquaintances, colleagues, and friends—contributes to a great extent to your understanding of truth. Through your fundamental interaction with other people, you’re continually affected by social, cultural, educational, and spiritual ideas. Regrettably, such disciplined notions frequently place other values ahead of reality, so you might feel obliged to do the same thing. In the long-term, this disconnect from reality leads to self-distrust, causing you to give up your power out of helplessness and confusion. Looking at reality enables you to reclaim that authority.
Occasionally social conditioning is good. For instance, a basic language helps us communicate and connect with one another.
Other times, social training establishes false beliefs that sabotage us, like a baseless dread of oral presentation.
It’s crucial to acquire an awareness of your socially conditioned notions and probe them. When you feel a conflict between your notions, your conduct, and your feelings, ask yourself if you truly trust what you’ve been taught.
Are your notions realistic and precise? Are they equal to what you believe? In order to line up with reality, you have to eventually relinquish inaccurate, erroneous, and wrong notions.
Fictitious learning happens when you follow a belief that’s either partly or totally false. Such beliefs might be adopted accidentally or established deliberately by other people. The effect is that your succeeding choices become more likely to become errors, and your results are undermined.
When I began my direct sales business following college, I was filled up with fallacies about how a real life business ought to work, so I made silly errors that wasted my time and cash. For instance, I mistakenly accepted that a signed contract would always be followed by the other party, forgetting to consider the innate risk in any transaction.
I closed crucial deals and soon suited dependent on them for revenue, only to see them later crack up. It took a long time to rid myself of these fallacies, but as I exterminated them individually, my choices improved, and the failing business at last became fruitful.
A big part of conscious growth demands distinguishing and purging fallacies.
Do your best to stay open to new ideas and input, and challenge your suppositions when you suspect you might be clinging to untruth.
Solid emotions may corrupt your power to perceive reality accurately. Feelings like fear, rage, sorrow, guilt, shame, defeat, being overpowered, and solitude block you from thinking clearly, causing you to mistake untruth for reality. Likewise, positive emotions may make you excessively optimistic, promoting you to take absurd risks and to make overaggressive promises you won’t follow through with. By training your self-awareness, you are able to learn to realize when your judgment is marred by heavy emotions. Your feelings might prevent you from perceiving reality precisely, but an elevated degree of self-awareness may help you avoid pursuing those misperceptions.
Crucial choices ought to be made when you’re clear-thinking and rational, not when you’re excessively optimistic or pessimistic. But, your feelings have a strength of their own that may help you in making good decisions. Consider your emotions as a condensed version of your brains predictive output, so it’s sensible to make decisions that bring about favorable feelings.
Addictions like smoking, drinking, or unreasonable net surfing make it more difficult to accept reality as these behaviors reinforce ignorance and self-denial.
For instance, if you smoke daily, your pattern of behavior makes it hard for you to swallow evidence that smoking is risky to your health. If you fear that stopping will be too hard, you’re likely to ward off seeking the reality about smoking as it will compel you to confront your fear and try to stop.
Dependencies provide rich soil for cultivating additional false statements. Many individuals are ashamed and embarrassed by their dependencies, so they do their best to hide them. Keeping up a false front becomes more crucial than reality; and secrets, deceit, and lies take the place of true communication.
The beginning step in overcoming any dependency is to accept the reality: I’m addicted. Even though defeating the addiction might be a struggle, if you can accept and admit the reality of your situation, it will help prevent you from yielding to further untruth. It’s perfectly all right to say to yourself, I’m addicted and wish to change, but today I lack the power to do so. Being totally truthful with yourself is immensely superior to living in denial. You’ll frequently find that upon taking that opening move, the inner and outside resources you require to break your dependency will shortly come into your life, and the response from other people will be compassionate and supportive rather than scornful and judgmental.
A particular degree of maturity is called for to fully accept truth, and this comes from experience. The more new experiences you gain, the quicker your thinking will grow. The more you look for shelter and solace through diversion, escape, and illusion, the longer you’ll suffer from immature and erroneous thinking.
Youngsters have the most erroneous models of truth as they lack experience, so their brains are less skilful at making exact predictions. It’s simple to fool an inexperienced youngster with a trick that a grownup would catch. The grownup has enough experience to precisely predict the result; the youngster doesn’t.
You can’t align yourself with reality and run from it at the same time. If you want to live as a fully conscious human, you have to release the immaturity of escape and embrace the richer growth experiences that only matureness may bring.Other Details
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