Part 1 of the One-Take Articles,
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“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
I like philosophy. I thirst for knowledge; rather, I yearn for when I will be able to spread my knowledge among inspired onlookers. But until then, I am but one of the children, a young philosopher.
Age has nothing to do with this title. Youth is within the mind; its an unwillingness that resides in all of us. To grow older is to grow wiser. Only through a thorough questioning of the world do you even begin understanding the world in its full light.
Many humans do not seem to recognize this. As we grow, we consider ourselves to naturally develop an understanding of the world. Entering early adulthood, we feel amazing, that is, until the bleak reality of life becomes apparent.
Perhaps you have heard the term, “mid-life crisis”? It may occur after you lose a loved one, or perhaps after your thirtieth birthday party. When it strikes, life loses its meaning, and a youthful mind may finally begin to grow.
The Mind-Fog is devious. It tells us that we know everything there is to existence; that having money, sex, or other personal indulgences may be the epitome of human life.
The Fog is a byproduct of society. We live, grow up, and watch influential humans establish natural hierarchies, a select few determining what lifestyle is the current trend. There is nothing wrong with this; it is completely natural.
The dangers come when you are at the bottom of the hierarchy, where it may be difficult to pursue wisdom alongside all this societal pressure. Spending time complying with trending demands strengthens your Mind-Fog, making it harder for you to understand the true motives of life. That is why, when the illusion is broken by a significant event, devastation or “mid life-crisis” is created.
How do you think we may be able to get rid of this Mind-Fog, without hindering the societal inclusion desired by all humans? Personally, I find that the Fog is best tackled with questions, especially ones without comprehendible answers. Take a minute or two to consider the following. If you feel like you’re on the verge of simply grasping the concept at hand, you will already be fighting your Fog.
Why do you matter? Why does your mind feel alone, in control over a single body of matter? Have you considered the possibility that your consciousness is alone in this world?
How would you deal with the loss of your closest friend? Would it be healthy or what they would have wanted?
Would you still choose a primitive lifestyle over a modern one? If happiness was measurable, wouldn’t cavemen be happier than us, having less stress and societal pressure? Would animals be happier than us?
Come up with these kinds of questions, ones that aim to make you happier with the life you have, or encourage a change towards a better one. Begin asking yourself why you value certain things, and find the truly important ones. While specifics are different across all humans, the process of fighting against the Fog is the first step towards growth.
It will be worth fighting off, the Mind-Fog. As it clears, life is filled with balance and tranquility. We begin seeing things for what they are; understanding core truths to the world. Society will be seen as its bare bones, and you will be free to explore what you want yourself. Life itself will become cherished, and loss will be respected.
If you have read this far, thank you. I’m a new writer to this topic, and I’m just trying to slowly brighten the lives of others. Stick around the blog if you’re curious about this kind of topic!
“To exist in confusion until taught otherwise, is life.
To learn, forget, and die, is fate.”