“To a greater or lesser degree there is not one of us who isn’t operating on a system that enslaves us. The question is: to what extent has this system being designed by you, the individual?”
The word mentality is a very general term used to describe a particular kind of system, or set, of one’s mind. For example, an expression such as: ‘a working class mentality’ is a very general term used to describe the kind of thinking, or system of beliefs and thoughts, adopted by those of the working classes.
Further examples would be: victim mentality, average mentality, liberal, conservative, we could go on. Suffice to say, the type of thinking that binds us – or creates a sense of freedom for that matter – can be described as our mentality.
“Many, with certain mentalities, enslave themselves with a paradox. It’s a paradox to think our beliefs free us, when the reality is, they enslave us”
When it comes to being paradoxically bound by our mentality we can think of one clear example of this: Consider those who’ve dropped out of society.
In the first instance, the act of dropping out of society, is seen as rebellious. Potentially it’s also considered a means of escape from a system of enslavement. What those who drop out from society don’t fully realise is, they’re simply swapping one set of beliefs or mentality, for another. Neither actually sets them free.
“Rich or poor neither are free whilst driven to fulfill beliefs unknown”
We could go as far as to say, none of us are truly free until we’re free of all belief systems that dictate a certain behaviour, or indeed dictate our expectations, on life. Even the Buddhists, who see their beliefs as a form of escape from suffering, still suffer by their beliefs. Another binding paradox.
I say this because lacking a belief in identity actually separates us into a group of people with a certain mentality. This, in itself, creates identity. It’s impossible to be free from thoughts whilst we’re alive and it’s these thoughts that enslave us. Perhaps, in this respect, life is a form of enslavement.
That last statement might sound a little negative, however, that isn’t the intention. The intention is to highlight the fact, even if we consider ourselves free individuals, we’re never truly this way. The trick though, is to get as close to freedom as possible, whilst being fully alive, living a full life.
“We could ask at this stage: What is a full life?”
The easiest way to achieve a sense of freedom is to simply question what our true intentions are from words and/or actions. For example, dropping out of society might be seen as a form of escape and/or rebellion, yet, what is such a person truly looking to achieve? What are they truly looking to escape from? Who are they truly looking to hurt through their rebellion? Is it conforming they want to escape from? Is it a neglectful parent they’re looking to hurt? Is it all a game for attention?
“When we think about it, we only ever conform to a certain kind of mentality, and a rebellious nature is a mentality that enslaves, through type”
The whole point of this post is firstly to create alternative, higher thinking, and secondly, to raise the awareness, that it’s what we bring our minds to; what we choose to think about, that dictates our life and the experiences within it.
“We could all have a much smoother journey when we realise the importance of being true to ourselves”
Now, going back to the earlier question: what is a full life? We can say that a full life is lived when we’re living true to ourselves. We find our true selves when we begin to question the authenticity and usefulness of our beliefs.
We can know that none of our beliefs are original – we’ve learnt them all from somewhere, somehow or from someone – and so being true to ourselves, is really achieved when we consciously choose what we ‘want’ to believe. The unconscious only ‘must’ believe all and everything within it. You might want to read that again.
“So many of our beliefs have been instilled at a time when we we were naive or ignorant to their provenance and value”
Let’s finish by opening up the question of what you actually believe freedom is: What is freedom to you?