In an effort to be more aware of my thoughts and be “more positive”, I increased my focus, followed a new trail and ended up expanding my understanding of reality.
What started out as what I thought was a simple Toastmasters Pathways Level 3 project morphed into a complete reevaluation of my worldview.
I feel like we are living in a multidimensional matrix where there are countless numbers of people plugged into a multitude of different “systems”. Could it be that if you are connected to one system then you completely unaware of and can’t even communicate with people attached to other systems?
Is a shared view of humanity an illusion? Are shared values possible? Can there be positive national identities?
Is anyone truly aware of the genuine nature of the world or do we all have our own unique perceptions and lens with which to comprehend and experience it?
As author and heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore wrote in his book, Not Caring What Other People Think Is a Superpower, “Many people have no desire to wake up. They enjoy the lie and the comfort it brings. As Morpheus said in “The Matrix”, “The matrix is a system. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to keep it”.
As I pay attention to my thoughts and focus on trying keeping a positive outlook, I can’t help but wonder- is that even possible?
Is it realistic to be optimistic in the world today given the various limitations (blind spots) on our view of reality? Or will our connection to the “system” provide us with the ability to stay content in a comfortably numb but happy bubble?
What about people who seem to be plugged into a system that keeps them perpetually upset, negative and anxious? How will they become aware of a different and more productive matrix?
I dislike the binary choice of a “blue pill” or a “red pill” and it is my hope that humans can wake up and take a “clear pill” so that they can see things in a perspicuous and unimpeded way.
How’s that for “staying positive”?