Why do we try so hard? What is it that tethers us to the hamster wheel of familiar conformity? Many may dream of something else but only a few try to act of those dreams. We must begin to live beyond the walls that have been summarily prescribed for our mundane existence. There is nothing inherently amiss about raising a family and pursuing possessions. What becomes an issue is when they become the end all and be all.
Many people unconsciously sacrifice their health and well-being to follow the accepted ‘work-the- regular-grind’ narrative. The tethers to the hamster wheel are so blindingly binding. Many may dream of (doing) something else but only a few try to act out those dreams. We must begin living, first in the moment. One can then expand beyond the walls of mundane existence that have been erected and are unknowingly maintained by the masses. summarily prescribed for.
Acquiescing to the roles of student, worker, consumer, parent, retiree for personal well-being and security does provide some benefit. Money rules in this world. Yet, it is by pursuing that very thing that many lose sight of what resides deep down within themselves. An acute awareness of something that could lead to a sense of completion and fulfilment. Many individuals ponder an existence that can support personal growth and fulfilment. Some prepare for and explore it. Some just strike out and do it. However, the masses, by and large, choose to anchor themselves with the familiarity of the mundane.
Attachment to the mundane keeps many in a mesmerized waking-state. Get up. Go to work. Try not hate it. Get home. Consume some sustenance. Go to sleep. Get up. The habituation is established over years of indoctrination. Public primary schools were created by states to reinforce obedience among the masses and to maintain social order. This was conceived of rather than having it serve as a tool for upward social mobility, or achieving higher self insight suggests a study from the University of California San Diego. This standardized habituation is intricately interwoven into societal infrastructure. It is method through which the daily process of conformity continues unabated.
Society is structured such that possession of things is deemed to be symbolic of success. The bigger, the better. The more, the merrier. We want to have the house, the car, the bank account, the spouse, the children, the pets . . . ., etc. Everything possible is done in the attaining of these things. Much is expended in the maintenance and retention of these acquisitions. Society is structured on acquiring things; it is these things that sustain the interests of the masses to go about the daily task of existing. They are the necessary accoutrements of existing in society. However, we give them an exalted position in our lives. We allow them to dictate ‘who we are’.
We give ourselves over to deliberate, unconscious pursuit of things. We succumb to identifying with these externalities and allow ourselves to become the façade. This enables the escape from the acknowledgement of (the true) self, the higher self, that inner aspect which needs no external trappings to persist. The so called escape can pose deleterious consequences upon the individual. Health, Well-being, positive self-concept can all be cast to the wayside. The result can be the exacting of a high toll for the abdication of self-edification.
These acquisitions become that with which we identify. This is mine. I am that. I have those. However, one is not comprised of any of those / these things or states. None of these things or possessions can ever persist beyond someone acknowledging them. In effect, we choose to give credence to that which is external to ourselves. at the end of the day.
The wheel of repetitive toil becomes addictive. The masses are ensnared by the paying of bills, the purchasing of objects, the adherence to responsibilities that require a consistent financial influx. Many pursue the ‘earning of a living’ but but forgo ‘learning to live’. Society is habituated, by design, to the pursuance of the mundane. Many people give themselves over to pursuing and acquiring things. The average individual uses things to define themselves and their presence in the world. Identifying with things can be limiting to one’s perceptions of themselves and of what actually comprises ‘reality, per se.
Detach self from the pursuit of ‘things’ . . . . . .