Where would any of us be without challange to our belief systems?
Sure as hell not here learning from each other...
In Lak'ech my friends.
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[/COLOR][QUOTE=sshenry;566916]No one likes pain.
Well, no one who is "normal" likes pain - either pain inflicted upon themselves or seeing others in pain. (Heh - if you like pain, either receiving or inflicting - I do believe that there is a slot in the DSM IV with your name on it). In fact, there are those who devote their entire lives to making people more comfortable - to help them in relieving the pain.
The human animal will go to great lengths to make itself comfortable - and being with like minds is one way that it makes itself comfortable.
Interesting thing is - when someone chooses to make a break with a belief system (and I'm speaking from experience here) it is not just the person making the break who is now faced with discomfort (even pain) as the rug of their beliefs is swept out from under their feet. It is the people around them as well.
Just look at how hard someone will fight against someone making a "break" with a belief. Instead of simply standing back and saying "go for it - it's your life - make the decisions you belive are right for you here and now", they beg and plead and give every reason why the person shouldn't go - shouldn't break with that particular belief.
Why? Because it makes them uncomfortable. If a person breaks with a belief they have held - or introduces a "new" belief into the mix, they have to reassess their position, and that can be painful.
In fact, many will use their own pain (you're hurting me by saying this) against the person proposing the new belief - or breaking with the old one - and the person who is proposing or breaking with the belief will reconsider because their first instinct is not to hurt anyone else....[/QUOTE]
Is something I have trouble explaining to people...
The insidious danger of enculteration, its designed to help ensnare those who are breaking free right the hell back in. As always, Eyedea and Abilities has a brilliant lyric I think applies...
"And then you realize, youve always lived in hell, no human model or metaphor can explain how you fell, the puzzles ALIVE it changes as you try to escape it created time and made it appear to pass by. you dont know what you think, you dont think what you know, your a total lunatic and afraid it starting to show, oh, where do you go when your brain is your worst enemy... the six hundred and sixty six foot bridge on seventh street?"
[from the dive A]
Which makes me think of that great thread about suicide.
Thanks again for being.
In Lak'ech Ala'kin.