Sunday, December 7, 2014

Your sense of “Self”
by:  David Michael Beachwood

When you really get down to thinking about it, we, each of us, are wrapped up in our own individual realm.  This is a kind of mental cocoon where we explore our existence in a state of literal singularity.  Here we are separated and alone, working things out in our own individual bubble; if we can call it that.  Our five physical senses become our doorway to the outside world.  This is the world that we would like to think we are more autonomous in; then we really are.  It is all too easy to think that the world revolves around us; because of where are thoughts reside.

Officially we only have five physical senses.  However, there really are more.  Some of these additional senses have a greater connection to our physical bodies than some people might want to admit; but I won’t go into them now.  A couple of examples, of generally agreed upon additional senses, would be our sense of time and our sense of self.  This article will try to concentrate on our sense of self.

While that bubble of ours might, at times, presents itself as extremely independent, it isn’t as self sufficient as some might want.  In any event, in order to live a healthy life it is imperative that we interact with others. Our connections both with the world and within ourselves combine to create our totality.  It is important to note that our inward cocoon contributes greatly to our health.  In fact it is that mental bubble which helps to extract those extra senses from the world we live in.  Our minds measure time by computing all of the effects that our physical senses retrieve.  The resulting development is our sense of time.  Time then helps us to discover still another sense.  This would be our sense of self, as we achieve awareness over time, in a very real way.

However, perhaps the most critical thing that shapes our sense of self is one very simple, but central inborn condition.  Somehow there appears to be universal codes embedded from birth in healthy human beings.  This idea becomes visible very early on in our development.  If we were a computer we could think of this “inborn condition” as being an embedded code written into our hardware; somehow.  Liken to the ability to discriminate between a one and a zero, or between being on or off.  This code, however give us the ability to consider right and wrong.  Many lower life forms also share this gift; at least at its basic level.

Trial and error learning would not have much of an effect if we didn’t have this code for right and wrong.  Since learning does take place we know that our brain must have benefited from having this code.  Further our minds are sharp enough to point this out to our sense of self, so that we can actually ask the question; does right and wrong exist?  Healthy individuals will quickly determine that they do; after all one and one are two, not three.

The knowing of right from wrong is one thing, but humans also have the gift of knowing the difference between good and evil.  This code is a little more arduous than just knowing right and wrong.  It is a definite step up from that similar code shared by many of the lower forms of life.  In humans both codes combine to become a source of great strife to us.  While having this knowledge may sound harmless, this ability is not benign; it comes to us with hazards and great burdens.

One such hazard is that while we quickly learn that right answers bring greater benefits, wrong answers sometimes bring us pleasure.  However that pleasure isn’t always a good thing in fact pleasure can become an addiction.   It follows than that the knowledge of right and wrong forces us into that deeper question.  This question, as far as we know, is not shared by the lower life forms.  Many people believe it is a spiritual question.  It is the question of whether good and evil exists.  I will argue that, in a healthy mind, the answer is again; YES.

In fact both codes, the one for right and wrong and the code for good and evil, are required to understand this “Yes” response.  It seems to me that if we accept this answer it requires us to establish standards, so that the correct and useful information gathered, from our knowledge of right and wrong, will tend to advance our lives; not destroy us.  If we do not accept this responsibility, than we can fall prey to unscrupulous people that bend the ideas of what is right and what is wrong.  It follows than that the concepts of right and wrong can easily be corrupted by subjective opinions.  When this happens the resulting confusion can cause terrible consequences.  For example when strong individuals have their own way at the expense of others a domino effect can ensue.  Sometimes even small issues can lead to perpetual negative effects that linger for years.  What causes this, at least in part, is that each of us has our own idea of what is right and what is wrong.  This is a hazard that we as a group struggle with. 

There are many variants of the deeper issues of good and evil, which nearly all healthy human beings tend to explore.  Generally it seems that right tends to be good and wrong tends to be evil; but those right and wrong attitudes can be played with.  Generally good and evil seem to be at odds; most of the time.  Viewing the consequences of even just a few of the many right and wrong activities, it is easy to understand why we study this deeper question.

Many people tend to view this subject as being a moral or spiritual question rather than a tangible hard fact.  This belief positions the emotional systems of our body as the villain who is responsible for its existence.  Aren’t villains evil?  I am not so sure that our emotions are completely to blame.  In any event this good and evil code still seems to be hardwired into our operating system.  By the way I know of no one who can live a normal life without a good healthy emotional system.  On the other hand a defective emotional system could certainly be categorized as a villain.  Knowing the difference between right and wrong and or good and evil can help us to work toward a healthier more productive life.  However, this gift, if we can call it that, seems to have come to us with those hazards attached.

The dubious gift of “the knowledge of good and evil” leads us to believe that we, each of us, gets to set the standard of what is right and wrong.  We tend to perceive this because we are locked into ourselves, our bubbles, and thus have to make this determination individually.  This is a partial truth in that we, from within our bubble, do ultimately have to pick a side.  What we are often unaware of, is that our decision is strongly influenced by the world we live in.  The world that we allow into our thoughts will directly alter our decisions.  This world offers us multiple standards to pick from.  Many of those standards tend to be weak and thus adversely affect us.  We might like them because they allow us temporary pleasures, but in the end we suffer when we choose them.  It is important for us to consider how these choices are made.  Remember the old axiom; garbage in is garbage out.
Our brains manipulate not only our thoughts, but then our actions as well.  Our mind has a lot easier time of seeing itself as an individual, because our brain is the first line of control over our thoughts and actions.  We cannot always control other people’s thoughts; but that control is possible.  There is even a possibility of controlling other people’s actions.  Most of our populations are completely unaware that this control is much greater than they care to admit.  Many people are in a great state of denial when it comes to this subject.  Consequently all of these conditions can combine to give us an illusion that we have a much firmer control over ourselves than we really do.

While our brain surly has the potential for strong governance over our bodies, this potential is generally not realized to the extent it should be; at least for the bulk of our populations.  I believe I would even be correct in saying that none of us have full control of our selves at all times.  Despite the lacking of full control over our own individuality, we tend to perceive ourselves as being center stage and in charge. We contemplate our sense of self, our sense of spirit, and perhaps even our sense of soul from this point of view.

In our explorations of these thoughts many of us, these days, often find it hard to come to any long lasting conclusions.  Our successes are of course hampered by, or improved by, our personal abilities.  Weaknesses and strengths can cause us to turn our thoughts either inward or outward.  Each of us seems to have our own unique way of connecting to the physical world.  If however we want to establish cooperation with that world we need to establish a process which is widely accepted.

We as individuals would like to control everything that happens to us.  Since our thought process is set up inside of our heads we often think that we are completely in charge.  We forget that most of the decisions we make are directly affected by the outside world.  This means that other people can and do have huge amounts of control over us.  Our behaviors are shaped and molded by the world we live in to a much greater degree than you might realize.  Frankly it is not hard, for the pressures of the world to control us, as some might expect.

Our personal bubbles indeed have real limits as to what they can accomplish on their own.  Multiple individuals working together in teams however can have big influences on individuals.  These team building advantages are more easily approved by us as we age.  Our families begin the process of teaching us team work, but the families power of impression is not always effective; these days.  Some families are better at providing a strong sense of family teamwork, however today that number is very small. 

It is normally around our teenage years that we feel a stronger pressure to conform to a much larger team.  This pressure is stronger, because there are a greater number of individuals pushing us to conform to their team.  We call these pressures, peer pressures.   Many times those younger more immature teens choose immature issues to foster their teamwork on.  The acceptance of these issues is simply a direct result of peer pressure.  Our individual common sense is often overridden because of the sheer size of the group that accepts those immature ideas.  Peer pressure can be both blinding and intimidating.  Teens are also, at times, a little too self-centered to see or even accept the bigger picture that the world brings on us.  This is not their fault; every human has to go through a growing process.

The adult view of our world can easily be seen as corrupted and in need of questioning.  Perhaps the teenager’s first impression of the world’s impositions is indeed a more honest impression, on a terrible system.  It is often initially a view that is discouraging to think about.  The current worldwide system pressures us far too often with horrible choices.  It is easy to view our worldwide system as a dysfunctional beast.  Their view then is an honest, out of the mouths of babes, view.

Some youths have a very real sense that many of the world’s pressures, which are being applied on us, are not working toward the world’s best interest.  Could it be that youths often rebel, because they sense that something is wrong with the system we all accept?  Perhaps as adults we have conformed all too well, to misguided outside influences.  Youths generally cannot put their finger on it, but they often sense there is something wrong.  However, with time they are generally convinced to accept things as they are, mostly through the fact that everyone else is going along with it, why shouldn’t they.  We can call this adult peer pressure.

As we age we realize that individually we are much weaker than we thought we were as youths.  The foolish idea that we are free self standing entities, not having to answer to anyone, but ourselves, dissipates.  We learn that we need others to round out the short comings we all have.  We make friendships and find that generally each and everyone we meet is working on some skill that they are blessed with.  Not so strangely these skills are determined, within us, on an individual basis; according to our interest.  The extensive time that we sometimes have to invest in honing our skills can alienate us from the team.

As individuals we can get wrapped up in ourselves.  It isn’t unusual that in our youth we spend some time in a deep self examination phase.  The results of these examinations usually conclude with the following understanding; basically we are not islands onto ourselves.   Further, getting wrapped up in ourselves is not the best approach to living a full life.  While our individually is very important it can limit our success in life if we take it to extremes, or practice it excessively.  We need to seek a balance or run the risk of being self defeating. 

With all the talk about our need for individuality, it turns out that it is perhaps more important, in many ways, to learn to respect others.    When we do we are not detracting from the importance of individually, but we are just realizing the individuality of others.  Granted it is hard to sometimes trust others.  This however changes if we realize that those others are saying the same thing about us.  Trust is extremely important and the way we guarantee trust is to share common truths.  Lies on the other hand help to create dysfunction.  Honesty is paramount, if we all want to better ourselves and the world we live in.

Note that as we branch out away from our own personal space we tend to feel insecure.  Sharing a common truth with someone can help to build our trust in that other individual.  The importance of like minded people can never be overlooked.  Still I have used a word here that causes many of us to be confused.  That word is “truth.”  While the word should fill us with warmth, it can also fill us with alarm.  Why do you suppose this happens?  Are we setting our own standards?

I would venture to say that truth is often subjective.  What is true for me might not be true for you.  The best form of a truth is the truth that has been vetted by an enlightened majority and tested over time.  Some individual truths can be the weakest form of truth.  These truths can be sold to a na├»ve population much more easily that one might expect.  In order to improve the value of a truth we need to make sure that its principles have been studied thoroughly and accepted by as many people as possible.  This helps to build a form of like mindedness that improves our ability to trust.  That trust is required to help us explore outside of our individual bubbles.  This exploration is healthy and if done properly it can improve nearly every one’s life.  Building truths that tend to include as being people as possible works toward building a stronger world.

It is no secret that team work can sometimes accomplish what seemed to be the impossible.  Each of us, as individuals, has skills that they need time to build.  If they have trust in the team they can feel safe while they are learning.  Our trust in each other, works toward building a stronger team.  With trust we can combine our skills to accomplish the unbelievable.  While we may be an island in terms of our own consciousness, we are not islands in terms of our stay here on earth.  We are not, nor have we ever been, alone.

We each have or had a mother and father.  They had to care for us.  They had to do for us that which we could not do for ourselves as infants.  Later in life we had teachers, and books, and many forms of learning experiences.  These were all outside influences on our personal development.  Are you beginning to see the point here?  Perhaps our own individualities are not as individual as we thought.  We learn nearly all if not all of our knowledge from others.  This might burst the bubble of some people, but I would bet that most people agree that individualism would not exist without the communities help.

We did not birth ourselves.  We did not teach ourselves to talk.  This gift of language also gave us the gift of reading.   Reading in turn gave us the gift of knowledge.  Those generations which came before us built up an extensive array of gifts for any new born to draw from.  You can be pretty sure that when they are teenagers they won’t give credit for any of those gifts they received.  They are likely to think that they are the first to think a certain thing or do something that others never did.  We can only hope that at some point they will appreciate the platform that others built for them.  We pray that they will mature enough to humble themselves just a bit.  Perhaps enough so that they can share truths and trust with others in order to take the field of knowledge further than their teachers did.

I reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks.


“…………….For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covet means, for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion on subversion instead of elections on intimidation instead of free choice, on gorillas by night, instead of armies by day. Its is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines Military, Diplomatic, Intelligence, Economic, Scientific and Political operations. Its preparations are concealed not published its mistakes are buried not headlined; its dissenters are silenced not praised. No expenditure is questioned no rumor is printed no secret is revealed………………....................................” "President Kennedy's speech to The Press" To watch see side bar under: Videos-Social Issues

ABOUT THE X-FILES section in the Table of Contents

Sometimes we hear seemingly outrageous and preposterous stories that we immediately disregard as not worth our time. Most of us pass right on by these stories and consider their entirety as useless. Should we toss them away without at least examining the bits and pieces for possible evidence? It may be that some of the elements within these stories might add to our understanding of the total picture or scheme of things. Remember the extent of the control of the Military Industrial Complex that both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy spoke of, because of this I would think it only prudent to at least listen to these stories. Some of these stories are being told by current and former employees of firms which have links to the Complex. If you have watched the movie “Money as Debt” your next question might be; what do “THEY” do with the fruits of our labor? These X-FILES might provide some of our answers if we can just dig them out of the distortions.

Why do I provide links to questionable sources?

At times you may find that I have posted links to questionable sites. Some of these might be considered to be enemies to the decent people of the United States and the world. For example, I may link to sites which express excessive communistic ideas. In all organizations there is in-fighting and this often exposes some truths. I link to them because at times they have some truths to offer that we need to see and hear. Communism may be the easiest political system for the characters in my short book "They Live We Sleep" to manipulate. It’s the easiest to pervert and control and because of this, THEY; those controlers, want to expand this system around the world. Communistic players, here at home, have made head ways into our government. THEY have installed a form of corporate communism and this has become their foot hold. These players have plans to destroy our Constitution. A constitution which gives us, we the people, rights through God not through some council of men. With all this being said I believe it is wise to know your enemy; this is why I sometimes provide links to them.

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