The Primitive Human 2016
In today’s world we have anything we can possibly ask for. If we need directions to a destination or find even find a review of a restaurant you want to try is right at our fingertips. Our advanced technology has far surpassed anything we could ever think of 20 years ago. Technology is not only making things more convenient for us but is helping us save lives around the world, to help us become aware of our fellow human in need. No need to rely on CNN or Fox news to tell us what is going on in the world, we see it first hand. With all this advancement in why are we still stuck in the same predicament that we where in Thousands of years ago. The psyche of man is in grave danger, holding on by a thin piece of thread. If we continue down this path we are going to be a doomed species.
You may question why a dream website relates to the psyche of mankind, though anyone who studies their dreams would inevitably understand they are examining themselves. This is one of the first steps of integrating your personality, to see all your strengths and weaknesses, to dance with your shadows instead of running away. Hidden aspects of our self appear visible to us when rigorous self examination is done. Failure to recognize the redundant pattern of your own neurotic idiocracies then you are blind going in circles. Dreams have an incredible tendency to give us medicine that we may not like very much via the unconscious. Though we have forgotten the importance of dreams and ignore the symbols that appear to help guide us on the right track. The unfamiliarity of our ego is what famous philosopher Plato suggested in his “Allegory of the Cave” theory, a metaphoric view how most humans perceive this world to be. Chained up in a cave facing the wall and only seeing clueless of the shadows lurking behind us. As grim as it sounds Plato is alluding to the ignorance that mankind faces. Plato was preaching this in 348/347 BC, you would think by 2016 that we are not as advanced as we where in his time. We need to become aware of ourselves as Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living”. We are becoming a society where we have lost touch with our true nature. Despite technological advancements that has brought humankind closer together we moving further apart from the self.
If we do not take the time to go inwards then everything on the outside consumes us. We become focused of irrelevant issues by absorbing most of our free time eating, working and watching T. V, thus clouding our minds and going deeper into the abyss. Self examination is easily ignored because its is not an easy fix, and it is not something many people know about. It is a sole journey into the darkness to find the light. Though why would you care to fix a internal problem when you can numb you mind on what ever new gadget that hits the market. Instead of tackling the root of problem we push it aside. As C.G Jung would say whatever we resist within ourselves, persists on another end.
The general rule in many ancient teachings is to look inward and you will see the light. Since every individual is its own unique case there will never be a book on how to head towards the storm. We are programmed at an early age to think logically from elementary school and to ignore our intuition. Many of us represses our emotions, experiences and desires at a young age due to demands and stresses of the living. Though the bubble can burst at anytime once ignored. Some are fortunate enough to experience recurring nightmare to grab the attention of the dreamer, as the true self is crying out for help. Some are blessed in the day when they are struck with with crippling anxiety seldom puts them into an emergency room. Life gives us free spectacular gifts wrapped up in some of the worst packaging we have ever laid eyes on. We have to consider these as blessing in disguise because we dont really have many ways red flags for the primitive man to be aware of its issues. The only way out is in. Taking a pill to stop the suffering is as beneficial as putting a band aid over a cancerous tumor that is eating you alive.
As much as it might sound harsh its the reality of what is going on in the world and we just have to accept it. When the ego is in the front seat driving the soul we may just have to let go of what others do and focus on ourselves, this might be or only savior. We are too busy sticking our noses in other peoples business, and yet our smell is masked with the fragrances we put over them. How can you respect your neighbor when you dont even respect yourself? We need to press the hard reset button on our psyche and start new. There will never be peace on earth as long as man is on it but we can at least live more comfortable with one another.
Here is a story of famous teacher Laozi or Lao Tzu thousands of years ago I would like to share with you. Laozi who was said was born old was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known for writing the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism.Lao Tzu became a very known wise man, and he was without doubt one of the wisest men ever. The story goes the emperor of China asked Laozi very humbly to become his chief of the supreme court in the village, because he figured that nobody could guide the country’s laws better than he could. Laozi tried and tried again to persuade the emperor, “I am not the right man for the job,” but the emperor was persistent.
Lao Tzu said, “If you don’t listen to me.. just one day in the court and you will be convinced that I am not the right man, because the system is wrong. Out of humbleness I was not saying the truth to you. Either I can exist or your law and order and your society can exist. So let us try it.”
The first day a thief who had robbed almost half the treasures of the richest man in the capital was brought into the court. Lao Tzu listened to the case and then he said that the thief and the richest man should both go to jail for six months.
The rich man said, “What are you saying? I have been stolen from, I have been robbed—what kind of justice is this, that you are sending me to jail for the same amount of time as the thief?”
Lao Tzu said, “I am certainly being unfair to the thief. Your need to be in jail is greater, because you have collected so much money to yourself, deprived so many people of money… thousands of people are downtrodden and you are collecting and collecting money. For what? Your very greed is creating these thieves. You are responsible. The first crime is yours.”