Nevertheless, the question that must be asked, is whether people are
really being duped, or do they choose to simply ignore the process of
deception that surrounds them? Self imposed or otherwise. If they are in
reality the victims of a well executed misinformation campaign, then so be
it. However, if the reason for non-acknowledgement rests on the belief
that it will be of no benefit to do so, such a position is indeed
While it is accepted that it matters not what happens to you, but more
importantly how you react to that which happens to you, it should be born
in mind that the onus of understanding is something that should be shared
by all. Especially those who possess the capacity to do so.
Why can't we be honest with ourselves when it comes to our fears,
desires and concerns? In some instances, we as people put those around us
in very precarious positions due to our recognized inadequacies. At
times, we fear statements that will be heaped upon our heads by caring
friends and not so caring acquaintances. Therefore, we choose, to our
detriment, not to examine our actions or the impact of those actions on
those around us. Thereby deceiving not only ourselves, but those who care
a great deal about us.
What is quite puzzling, is that many of us truly believe that if we
ignore the situation or problem, it will simply disappear. This is not
the case. Solutions and growth can only be brought about through vigorous
action. Action that will assist us and those with whom we come in contact,
to not only have a greater degree of respect for ourselves, but to
possibly develop a greater admiration for one another all together.
We as people must recognize that we have inadequacies, but through the
process of recognition, we begin the long and arduous process of becoming
more truthful in our respective interactions. This can only be
accomplished by examining the source of our discomfort, not by examining
the manifestation only.
The ancient Hermetics viewed the moon as being artificial light, while
the masses looked upon it as the source of the light that illuminates the
dark skies. However, when one examines the "source" it is soon realized
that the moon is not the source at all, but the sun which shines upon the
moon that supplies light, through the process of reflection.
The question that must be asked here is: by what are you guided, the
manifestation/moon, or are you seeking a deeper guidance in the
sun/source? Make your choices wisely, for the continuation of your
physical existence depends upon the choice.
Column originally published in Signal (Georgia State University's student newspaper) 11 March 1997