Monthly Archives: January 2011

There’s A Difference Between "Keeping It Real" and Being Real

Most of us don’t know who we truly are and we often have trouble separating our true self from the   facade we show to the world.

Of course many of us don’t acknowledge the fact that we wear a mask on a daily basis. We just like to assume that we are “keeping it real”—it’s everyone else that’s being phony.

Well, here’s a perfect test for those of you who subscribe to the latter point: think of a topic that interests you. Ponder the ins and outs of that topic for as long you deem necessary to espouse an intelligent opinion. Once you’ve done so, ask yourself what part of that opinion is based on your own knowledge, and what part of it is based on the knowledge you’ve absorbed from the sources around you. 

If you find that most of what you believe is built on an article you read, a talk show you heard, or a speaker you’ve listened to, then you aren’t as “real” as you might think.

The natural response to this is to say we are all going to be guilty of doing that. After all, most of us are just a conglomeration of our experiences and social interactions. It’s impossible not to be influenced or shaped by external factors in our environment. 

That’s true, and in no way do I expect that this world will house a human being who hasn’t been touched or influenced by something he/she read, did, or experienced. That’s the way we become who we are—through experiencing this life as an observer.

However, you have to begin investigating and researching matters on your own, as well. You have to start realizing that regurgitating the philosophies of another doesn’t make you sound intelligent, it makes you look misinformed.

In as much as you are an observer, you should also be an experimenter. Your belief system should be a result of what YOU know for sure and not what you’ve heard from the majority. Walk your own path, formulate your own opinions, and become your own person.

There are enough people out there “keeping it real”, strive to be a part of the group that’s just being real.

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Are You "Set" In Your Ways?

People describe individuals who aren’t open to change, or new ideas, as “set” in their way—don’t bother engaging those types of people in a conversation meant to evoke an intelligent, productive, debate—you’re  wasting your time.

As easy a write-off as that explanation might be, I don’t buy it. Despite what you have been told,  no one is set in their way. Some people are simply more resistant to change than others because they fear the unknown and we are all, to some degree, guilty of that.

Over a period of time we become comfortable with the knowledge we have acquired and we don’t look kindly upon people who challenge us on those notions. Our knowledge, derived from years of personal experience, forms the foundation of our paradigms and when those paradigms are challenged, the natural instinct for many of us is to fight back and reject the new. And, we extend those rejections not because we are unwilling to accept that they might be right, but rather because we cannot deal with the possibility that we might be wrong.

It’s as much about ego as it is about principle. 

However, none of us can become better versions of ourselves if we choose to remain ignorant to the changes and the people that dwell among us. You must be willing to accept the possibility that what you know isn’t absolute, and you must remain open to more than just what you’ve come to know if you ever expect to learn anything else of substance. 

Understand this: As a reasonable, intelligent, and sentient human being, you always have the capacity to evolve—both in mind and in body—that journey is endless. To disrespect that journey, by never giving yourself the chance to accept or understand the unfamiliar, is to lay waste to all the possibilities that life has to offer.

Do not allow yourself to be stifled by a stubborn resistance to change. Trust that you are worth more than that, and allow yourself to become better than even you could have ever imagined.

Jesus Hates Obama?…Really?

I recently read a lot of commentary sparked by a proposed Super Bowl commercial, sponsored by the website jesushatesobama.com. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

Now,  no matter what your religious leanings might be, I am pretty sure that Jesus doesn’t hate any one. Jesus is love as far as most christians are concerned—despite the tendency of most christians to act otherwise.

This ad probably wasn’t meant to appear anywhere near national television, but it did manage to get gain enough interest to bring a ton of traffic to the site mentioned above which, might I add, DOES actually hate Obama.

In my opinion, there are more intelligent ways to exercise one’s freedom of speech without bringing the Lord or His Beloved Son’s name into the mix. But, in this day and age, I can hardly say I am surprised.