No one really knows how this phenomenon known as life came to be. The strangest thing about life is that we didn’t choose to be here. No one filled out an application to live on earth. We were all dealt a hand. We had no control over our gender, race, family, nation, or circumstances; whether we were poor or rich, sick or healthy, tall or short. Was it all left to God? Or was it all left to chance? … We just came into consciousness one day and everything was what it was.
As young children, being ourselves was first nature. As curious, fun-seeking pupils, we didn’t have to think about who we are, we just were. Our true essence is all we knew and all we were.
Somewhere along the long, intricate road of life, we became lost. We lost our sense of self in the realm of society. We began to take note of the opinions of others; whether it’s our peers, our family, or society. Our thoughts and beliefs became under attack by ever-present external influences; changing the way we think and the way we act; therefore, the way we are.
Our ability or inability to be “normal” is what we’re graded upon. The self-esteem and confidence of many people takes a hit when they can’t be what everyone around them is telling them they’re supposed to be. As children, our tender minds unconsciously do everything possible to be accepted by family, peers and society; losing our true selves in the process.
Anything that we have to be molded into rather than developed into is false. Mainstream society has a stereotype to impress upon you. Why is it that you can go to different parts of America and see similar people behaving the exact same way? A society programs their citizens to think a certain way, act a certain way, and be a certain way in order for that system of society to continue flowing the way the owners intend. The so-called “masses” are created through social engineering or a discipline in social science that refers to efforts to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale, whether by governments, media or private groups in order to produce desired characteristics in a target population. Most people are not themselves. Most people don’t have a clue who they truly are. Contemplate this.
As we grow older and wiser, some will begin to recognize that they’re discontented with their lives. We begin to realize we’re not fulfilled. The reason we feel this way is because we’re not living within our true essence. We begin to ask ourselves introspective questions: “Who am I? Why do we live? Why am I here? What’s my purpose? Why do I live? What am I good at? How do I find myself?”.
I believe when we are created, our intelligent creator knows we will lose our true selves within the preset conditions of society. It’s inevitable to some degree. Maybe our purpose as human beings is embrace the process of self-discovery after initially and utterly losing ourselves in the false reality of society. Maybe our purpose is to simply be our true self, our greatest self, our highest self. That may be the case but in order to BE, we must first DISCOVER.