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If ignorance is bliss, then freedom is…

Instagram is… drowning in the false kindness of other people’s expectations…

If ignorance is bliss, then freedom is just not giving a shit anymore.

I have done it, you have done it, we all do it at some point in our lives – we seek fulfilment and self-validation through other people’s approval as though this might provide some freedom or sense of self-worth but it rarely if ever does. We find ourselves living our lives in a world in which most of the value systems and normative expectations upon us are constantly changing and shape-shifting, even as we are attempting to adjust and accommodate this relentless metamorphosis.

The truth is – there was never any baseline of cultural and behavioural, self-representational normality or psychological security from which we (or anyone, for that matter) might have acquired or maintained any consistent and enduring sense of peace or happiness. The more attach ourselves to external expectations and then layer them like onion-skins upon the core and essential vacuum of our being, the more we distract and destruct any plausible aspiration to happiness we might ever have possessed.

True happiness is not obtained through conformity. It is found in the unique crystal of genetic and existential peculiarity and uncommon beauty that we each and all embody.

Try not to give a shit about anything. That’s probably the only way to really care about yourself and other people and regardless that this seems to make no sense at first pass – it is true. Detachment from external expectations is the fast track to escaping the labyrinthine complexity of psychological unhappiness. It’s all really a bit zen – you don’t need anyone else’s approval and once you realise it, you no longer even need you own.

One reply on “If ignorance is bliss, then freedom is…”

You write “The more [we?] attach ourselves to external expectations and then layer them like onion-skins upon the core and essential vacuum of our being …” Perhaps the core of our being is essentially a vacuum. How can it be anything else if the underlying reality of the universe is virtual quanta popping into and out of existence? How can we be anything other than superimposed waves or particles depending on whether we’ve been measured by ourselves or others? Perhaps we are attracted or adjusting to “value systems and normative expectations upon us [that] are constantly changing and shape-shifting” because we are shape-shifting and constantly changing too. Like waves and particles we are attracted to approval and love, and repulsed by disapproval and hatred because these are waves and particles too. A thought-provoking post, Mike. Thanks!

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