I think the truth is that what all these beautiful people saw was actually a reflection of themselves in the blank slate that was my own soul. Even if my own soul had some minor part to play in their imaginations, it would be merely that my soul was yet nameless and unformed, and that this somehow allowed their reflection to be even clearer and stronger.
This would also mark a moment which begins a chain of events, ultimately leading to our self-awareness, and perhaps even a conclusion of self-actualization. It would mark the moment in which a psychological “veil” was removed, and thus the moment in which we discovered that our previously held understanding of the world was a delusion.
Let’s question established rules and traditions, as a part of a critical-thinking exercise. Let’s think more for ourselves, and be unafraid to be a little bit different, a little bit less mass-produced. Let’s listen more to our own conscience, the only true judge who knows all things that are good.
Obviously, allowing others think for themselves comes with a large risk. In fact, living in a world where people think for themselves is probably very dangerous, regardless of whether there is a legal ban on guns or not.
There is something more sacred than life, and it is your dream. You and I, we do not dream to live; we live, to dream. So, do not be afraid of dying, nor of the stories of hell and hellfire told by those others. Be more afraid of that dreamless state, which is much worse than death.
He gave to her until his beard turned white; Ungrateful she, claimed he had stolen youth. But oracles confirmed his shining light And when he died, she sensed he spoke […]
To be the change I wish to see in the world, meant to begin from a place of self-actualization. That was the message. That was the so-called “new world order” — a world order that began with my being the change that I wished to see.
In advocating for abortion, I am not advocating for the “wanton destruction of life,” though it may seem that way on some superficial level. On the contrary, I am advocating that we preserve what makes life good. I am advocating that we focus on trying to make the world beautiful, so that a mother will wish to bring her child into the world. A mother cannot do this all on her own.
The fact that someone has “something to say” was, and is, an extraordinary idea. There is a sense that meaningful speech is not simply the act of making noise come out of my mouth, but that there is an experience behind my words, imbuing my words with soul.