I have imagined many times that planting an idea in a person’s head must be a rather simple feat… You had just to mention something while carrying a thoughtful conversation with them, and there it would go- directly past the occupied Conscious mind into the deeper realms of the Subconscious. There’s another way I recently learned but I never figured exactly how or why it works. I conclude that perhaps it is mentally taxing to think for oneself; therefore a mind readily accepts any seemingly complicated but pre-chewed idea that you throw at it out of a kind of trust which comes from a very subtle attitude of thought-laziness.
It’s a vague feeling I have that critical thinkers eventually come to a point of no return when they stumble upon the fact that the art of thinking bestows great responsibility upon those that delve deep into its secrets.
Human nature is a complex affair of intelligent biology and wishful dreaming. Were it only the simpler biology that drove our beings, life would be relatively easy, and the planet a healthier harmony of deterministic interactions. But apparently, a certain amount of organisational complexity (like the lump of neurons we call the Brain) is seen to give rise to a metaphysical intelligence, sometimes leading to the development of an objective realisation of the Self! Simply put, as planet Earth began to accumulate mass and develop an attractive field around it, so did its eventual inhabitants an intelligence out of simple biological complexity.
This case makes of humans a biological automaton with quite the tendency to become the perpetrators of non-linearity. From a more thinker-friendly point of view, the whole spectrum of illogical actions and irrational behaviours that our species exhibits is what makes us more human than a chimpanzee.
The faculty of thought is a tool, as to a diver his diving equipment, that can map the hidden depths of an ocean that is the thinker’s mind. A point of no return comes when the treasure waiting at the bed is discovered. A diver can never forget about its existence and his own now becomes an unsettling predicament of ‘to claim or not to claim’.
To claim this treasure is to unlock the deepest, most innate characteristics of the human mind that bind each being to the universal breathing undercurrent of life. To claim, therefore, is to know the core of all existential bliss and misery available in humankind’s experiential spectrum. It is no superpower, but simply a quantum leap in understanding which makes one immensely more accepting of their own nature.
Hence, to claim this treasure is a first step towards attaining a knowledge that transcends humanity and the microscopic fraction on the cosmic timeline that it occupies.
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” ― C.G. Jung
The newfound treasure is a unique insight into the workings of a human being, and therefore, of the human world. It is a beginning to acceptance of Man’s nature as it is. Man’s flaws are nau’t, but simply an expression of his uniqueness. He needs no saving, but from his own self. Imaginably, to achieve an understanding of this nature is to open one’s eyes to a world that can be extremely deceitful and unforgiving towards those who know not of the treasure…
“How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturiser? You make someone worry about ageing. How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration. How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything. How do you get them to have plastic surgery? By highlighting their physical flaws. How do you get them to watch a TV show? By making them worry about missing out. How do you get them to buy a new smartphone? By making them feel like they are being left behind.” ― Matt Haig
A thinker is proficient in the ways of logic and reason. Logic, at its ultimate, has eventually to lead to realisations like the hard-hitting reality of our solitary, incommunicable cranial experience that we call Life and how it carries no meaning in itself. In the typical thinker’s mind, unless denial kicks in, such realisations may lead to unfavourably exaggerated situations. However, rare few people come in terms with the reality and arm themselves with the acceptance of this knowledge. These people possess a kind of power that can severely twist amateur thinkers’ trains of thought.
The Thinker’s Plight
It is a world of lies and invisible oppression that we live in. Our lives are in constant submission to a second-level bluff – we are made to create needs in order to fulfil them. We’re probably eventually going to die doing so – there seems to be no escaping this madhouse. So while we’re at it, we might as well explore the only ocean that this neurotic world cannot touch – the unique world of solitude that we all carry within us. It is where the bones of all conspiracy lie. A place where truer knowledge dwells, untainted by the ways of the outside world. A knowledge so powerful for your soul it can either fuel your flame to raging fires or blow it out effortlessly. It is the One Ring that has almost always corrupted its bearers.
Coincidentally, when you reach the depths of your own being is when you begin to realise how it all began. How vulnerable you were to the slightest ideological influence. How you were distracted from the things that really mattered. How you got tricked into believing in a world you fancied beyond reason and how you were convinced to get into the mindless pursuit of attaining to it. How, unknowingly, you’d put your trust in the hands of everyone but yourself…
At this stage, Trust becomes your only reality. Freedom and slavery are reduced to levels of intelligent perception. In the depths of your own being, a metamorphosis happens.
You are reborn.