Was actually perusing a Sam Harris clip like I so very rarely ever care to do. Never been much of a fan of the guy. But found a segment where I agreed with him how people are factioning off into political tribes. Guess this is what Religions dying can morph into. Gotta put that energy toward something, somewhere. And now politics is the name of the game. The new beacon on which to direct our religious devotion.
Human beings are religious by our very natures. Have always been inclined toward religiosity and still are. Evolved this way. So even though we like to think we’re dropping all that and turning our attention toward the formation of a secular society, that inclination still resides within us, whether we’re conscious of it or not. Expresses itself in various ways. Political tribalism to whatever degrees. New herds to lose ourselves within.
Lots of things to lose oneself in nowadays. So much freedom we barely know what to do with it.
Freedom to make all sorts of (good or bad) choices too. That’s one of those natural rights granted to us by Nature. Some call it Free Will, though it can’t help but come with limitations.
Still. Pretty darn free in the U.S. currently.
Free to buy an assortment of delicacies and enticements. Free to partake in a number of legal drugs, including alcohol (and marijuana in some states). Free to think whatever we want. Free to vote for whomever we want, assuming our nation’s voting apparatus is even trustworthy any longer, and assuming you’re not barred from doing so due to certain felony charges.
Free to read books. Tons of libraries around for folks who lack funds. Inexpensive entertainment as well as educational if we push ourselves to seek and explore. But that’s a choice. Comes back to exercising all this Freedom we’ve been blessed with.
Choices. Attention paid to where? Habits. Options. Alternatives. Decisions. Backed by actions.
Come to find out, it’s very easy to get lost in this 21st Century. lol True story.
Values. What matters most?
What were the seven deadly sins again?
Good to keep in mind. As I sit here tonight as a sloth, once again, pondering while wandering around the internet. Satiating my legal vices. Ever look at that list and wind up having to check every box? Whether past or present, all the same we are afflicted by excesses that can prove destructive, and not only to our own selves. Obviously.
So then what? Wait for motivation to come and sweep us along on our way? Doesn’t work like that.
Some good books I’ve been contemplating on over the last several months are:
- Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by Dr. James Hollis (Jungian analyst)
- What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life by Dr. James Hollis
- The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
- The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt by Russ Harris
Thinking of canceling my Audible subscription for a spell so I can just refocus on these and other titles. Those books there are really informative and thought-provoking. Not needing to continue on in my studies until I get re-oriented with the aid of those books. They do help. But of course it ultimately comes down to one’s individual efforts. Application of lessons learned.