Arbitrary Truths

Did you choose to go to college because you had something you needed to learn, a required degree to practice your art – or because college comes after high school?

Did you choose to work 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week because it’s the right amount to get your job done – or because it’s what you’re supposed to do?

Did you choose to practice the same religion as your parents because you studied them all and found yours to be the right one, the one that filled your spiritual needs – or because it was your parents religion and your parents’ parents religion?

Did you choose the town you live in because it has the social aspects you desired, the natural landscape you found beautiful, and the economy that fits your needs – or because you grew up there?  or because your job sent you there?

Are you choosing to live the exact life you want to live - or are you just following orders?  Everything is a choice.  Everything.

There are scientific truths, and then there’s everything else.  Respect yourself.  Control your destiny.  Think.  Choose!

7 Responses to Arbitrary Truths

  1. Hi Tom, thanks for stopping in. I understand that it’s hard, believe me I do. You can start by taking baby steps, and thats OK. Pick something that you want to do, but haven’t because you wondered what people would think. When you see how much it rewards you to make your own choices, you’ll be on your way. Good luck! And come back soon.

  2. Tom Donaldson says:

    I love this post. I am stuck in fear right now. Everything you said makes sense, which makes me sad that I've squandered years away. I want to start choosing instead of going with the flow, but it's so hard for an old midwestern dude like me

  3. Mars Dorian says:

    I chose to make this comment :)

    Now for real, that's a vital post. I used to listen to my surroundings and to my family, and I chose their opinions over mine, which was an epic mistake. About one year ago, I totally changed my approach, and I only choose to listen to my inner voice, and I'm having a blast !

  4. Thanks for stopping in Mars. I see what you're saying all the time by reading your blog. It's a good point you raised, I don't know one person that chose to go their own way, make their own decisions, and regretted it. Really, I can't name one person that has ever said “I wish I had ignored my own wants and just followed everybody else.”

  5. Hi Tom, thanks for stopping in. I understand that it's hard, believe me I do. You can start by taking baby steps, and thats OK. Pick something that you want to do, but haven't because you wondered what people would think. When you see how much it rewards you to make your own choices, you'll be on your way. Good luck! And come back soon.

  6. Karen Ruby says:

    This is a great reminder that we all choose our lives. There is a need to take personal responsibility for the choices that we make in life and to stop playing the victim. The truth is that there is no slavery – we all choose to live the lives we lead, whether you recognize that truth or not.

    Hopefully, as we grow we learn to choose more wisely.

    Karen

  7. Hi Karen – We absolutely do choose our lives (and most of the aspects within our lives).

    Just to be technical, I wouldn't go so far as to say “there is no slavery” as you've stated (in fact real slavery does still exist and is something I hope to help fight in the near future) but it's not the “cubicle” slavery many people sometimes refer to.

    Anyways, I get your point, and I think we're on the same page. I hope you'll stick around and continue in the conversation here.

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