Around 9 years ago I was confronted with new information that really challenged my beliefs and meant that I may have needed to change my opinion. In those moments, it’s easy to ignore this and stick to what is known and comfortable, but I took the ‘Red Pill’ and chose to do further research and understand this information fully. It was very hard. There was intense emotional learning, really shifting my human perspective, and I was alone on this journey, not knowing anyone else personally who had discovered the same.
The effort, the emotional pain, the confusion, and the barriers to learn these hard truths gave me a real appreciation of my opinions from that point on. I realised that all my thinking to that point (on those topics) had simply been inherited through my upbringing, and what the rest of society perpetuated through culture and tradition.
This was the first step to reevaluating every thought and opinion I now hold, and if it truly came from me, or was it just inherited through conditioning. Wow, how enlightening this was! All of a sudden, I had complete control in who I was, which mostly before, really wasn’t me.
What thoughts are inherited in your life? For me, I reevaluated a lot, and still do every day, but mainly anything I felt was constructed by humans in the first place, and perhaps unnatural concepts. For example, how we view use of animals and nature, or consumerism, relationships and families, financial systems, schooling institutions, discrimination, self-worth, material or superficial values, religion, life and death, the list goes on.
When processing this, the question I ask myself is why do I think that way? If I have never really researched it, the answer is, it’s not mine anyway. I don’t own that opinion at all, someone else gave it to me. We often think we’re making our own decisions in life, but in reality, our unconscious understandings are just inherited thoughts that can hold us back from exploring truths.
Aren’t we tired of playing the uninformed “I’m right, you’re wrong” game? Why do we think the perceived vulnerability in ‘not knowing’ something shows weakness? To say, “I don’t know” followed by “but I’m going to find out” truly shows authenticity and strength.