“The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.”
No one chooses when and where they are born. No one chooses what type of society they inherit. No one chooses the indoctrination that they are raised with. One can choose to either live complacently in comfortable delusions or face the pain of losing false realities. However jarring the realities of today’s world are, it will affect everyone regardless of whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. No problem can ever truly be faced if the premise to any solution is based on delusions.
Everyone lives in varying states of false and deceptive realities; the hardest step down the never ending road of truth is the first. Initially, seeing light after a life in darkness will be shocking and searing to the eyes, not just for the harsh truths in the world but more so for the truths pertaining to oneself that burn to the core. This type of self-realization is as sharp and painful as a blade between the ribs, but if this is not one’s first step then the direction is still paved in delusions and any awakening that follows will only be another outlet for subconscious frustrations of what one does not want to see or take responsibility for. The people who cannot first conquer themselves will open their eyes to the world with a distorted and dulled lens, sheltering themselves from the heavy price of truth at the cost of warping their perception.
One can not go back to believing they are blind or not realizing their sight is filtered once the choice to open their eyes has been acted upon. What follows the initial self realization is as much of a deterrent as the pain of that first step is itself, if not more so. The road of truth is really a road of burdensome choices and responsibility. The worlds most dangerous delusions are those that cannot be resolved at the core until they are exposed by those born into positions that exposure will have the highest risks, losses and shame. To be able to expose these delusions externally can only follow internal self realization with the understanding of why those delusions were held onto within oneself in the first place.
When people approach world problems from behind a filtered lens they look for safe places to direct blame, which creates a self-perpetuating cycle since counter-attacking external threats to one’s own false reality is an innate response. This cycle will only lead to the root causes never being addressed within the groups perpetuating them, instead those groups will come together within their respective groups in a blind united front in defense of their common false reality against each other. The effects will worsen while being blamed on the other side, eventually leading to very high amounts of resentment and violent conflicts. This allows for the effects of the world’s problems to be constantly targeted as if they are the cause, further compounding the depths of the false realities at the core of these world problems.
The cause of a problem stemming from false realities can only be resolved through discourse once it’s realized and addressed first by those who are a part of perpetuating those causes. Even though most people continuing these cycles did not begin them, those people are then a part of sustaining the false reality. This cycle can only be broken (without external force that still doesn’t resolve but further compounds the animosity and antagonistic compounding cycle) through self realization on an individual level, and then choosing to take the obligation upon oneself to try to initiate the hardest change. Breaking the silence from within individual’s respective groups is crucial yet agonizing in the world of today, in which morality is equated with emotional hypersensitivity and any that use logic to oppose these idealistic delusions are demonized. Once a self-realization is truly made then ethos obligates the individual to face the world’s emotive trigger responses from a society unrealistically based on pathos with the cold, harsh, needed reality of logos.