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What you are….

Old, young, male, female, rude, low, rejected by
the rest, whatever you are promulges itself,
Through birth, life, death, burial, the means are
provided, nothing is scanted,
Through angers, losses, ambition, ignorance,
ennui, what you are picks its way.

Walt Withman

Resistance Is Futile

The three wise monkeys.

For a very long time I did not really have a clear picture of what the symbolic meaning of those three monkey’s “See no evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no evil” might be, simply because I’ve never gave it any thought.

Yes you could certainly call it laziness, whatever. Anyway, recently I was confronted again with these three mystic apes and it gave me the opportunity to try and really think about the subject. And actually, pretty soon a sort of inner-image appeared to me. What would happen if….. , and I’m speaking about me, you and us, we have this tendency to….

  1. When we observe something in our surrounding, immediately stick a label to it. The label says good, bad, pleasant, smelly, fresh, and so on. Its colored with the mental state we ourselves are in. If we feel well and positive, the label will be colored accordingly, but when the coffee was not so good that morning and we feel grumpy, the verdict will be not so good.
  2. The same rules apply here as in one.
  3. This one seems to be different, fed by 1 and 2, we really love to share our opinion with others, not restricted in any way by knowing or any other nuance for that matter.

When all this has happened, we have a real problem coming to us. Because as soon as one of those opinions (and yes, certainly the ones based on thin air also) passes over our lips, it seems that they take a more solid form, the roots of their “not so productive attitude” spread further out into our psychological world. What was first a dark label with still a possible reconsideration, became simply a dark label period. Imagine what would happen when this process repeats itself several times. Before you realize, you find your self in the midst of a gigantic wood with roots all over the place, not a single chance for the sun to shine trough anymore. This is what you would call a hopeless situation where there is not so much change anymore for us to question our pre-baked answers, and come to new understandings.

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This now is for me the meaning of  “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil”. The possibility to give ourselves a chance not to be bound by the poorest thoughts a human being can have.

Would it not be great if when we observe something, ignore the urge we feel inside beforehand, and try to at least take a neutral point of view?  That way, we really are going to hear new things from others and consequently will start to enjoy life more for the simple reason of us stepping out of the downward spiral.

Actually, when you think about it, its to obvious to speak about it, isn’t it?

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