Before the World Taught Us
Who were we when entering this world? Who were we before the world taught us?
As children we were taught how to speak, walk, tie our shoes, and all other necessary abilities to function in life. During this time we were also absorbing our surroundings, taking in the language and mannerisms of those around us. As we repeated what we heard or saw, our parents/guardians would commend the behavior they accepted or reprimanded the behavior they considered to be unacceptable. Depending on the treatment we wanted we would choose our conduct accordingly.
In addition to our parents we had several other teachers. Everyday we were fed the views of our family, peers, TV shows, movies, videos, music, magazines, books, billboards, and the news. What part of those views did we take in for our own? When did we realize if our thoughts are our own or recycled beliefs we were taught. When or how do we know if we are truly being our authentic self? If we are parents, what are we passing on to our children? If we are leaders what are we passing on to those who trust us?
This is not to say we are completely brainwashed individuals walking around as programmed robots. We developed our own personalities, have things we like or don't like rather anyone agrees with us or not; and have paths we choose to take whether certain people approve or don't. Don't worry, no one is taking away an identity you built for yourself. Yet, when you start to realize how much you are actually you and how much is a concoction of your teachings, it can really make you think how much of you is you.
This does not have to be a bad thing. Lessons and experiences have shaped us into the people we are today and we have all had our own different journeys. One journey doesn't need to be viewed as better or more right than another.
If you realize you are not walking on a path you paved for yourself, then make a conscious choice and effort to construct your own. On your path to waking up to the real you, know that others are walking a path paved for them as well, or they are paving a different road that is more fitting for them. There is not one road that we need to follow. This awareness can minimize the judgments that can turn into fear, anger, and altercations and increase understandings that can turn into peace.
We're in this world together wanting happiness, safety, peace, freedom, and Luv. Know yourself. Be yourself. Luv yourself. Understand others. Coexist with others. Luv others.