Our ‘conditioning’ in life has been successful! Congrats!! 🙂
We learn many things from our parents when we are born, then we go on into school to deepen that inculcation by learning how to speak and write. We may find other views and beliefs which we could “choose” to adopt through the process of assimilation…
When we come out of that “systematic learning environment,” then we believe that words are “reality” just like 2+2 are always 4 (so we think) then using operative keywords such as: If, then, or, and, nor to express ourselves becomes important …just like a computer program. At the same time our beliefs are strengthened. “I believe in this” becomes our source of “reality.”
As adults, we could “choose” to become indoctrinated in different ways: Religion, TV, books, entertainment, addictions, collective neurosis, civic beliefs… Lots to choose from! 🙂 I have a “choice.” 🙂
The above scenario is neither ”good nor bad.” The above is not written so we could denounce our “indoctrination.” It is part of living in a society. However, the above becomes an issue once we act unconsciously, that is once we allow only the information that we gathered up until we were around 7-year-old (which is settled in our unconscious) in conjunction with any new information that we could become persuaded by or influenced by, as the “dogma” to believe in.
We could talk all the “rationality” that we’d like but the issue to realize is that a 7-year-old kid is not rational but highly emotional.
We could probably observe that a philosophy of life, a belief about “spirituality” will not be able to make a deep impact in the self, until the emotional aspect has been dealt with, healed and harmonized.
Let me emphasize that any well thought out, rational philosophy of life is useless to go deep into the self until the emotional aspects are dealt with.
Nevertheless, the rational world of grown ups have decided to forget about the “emotional kid,” and use those lingering emotions to manipulate an adult through the practice of “punishment and reward” as the way to understand a “moral” society; which will continue into our beliefs of the afterlife.
Manipulation, indoctrination, assimilation…brainwashing… 🙂
An adult surrounded by collective neurosis, will obviously assimilate that trait unless that adult is conscious of it, and is capable of not rejecting things but integrating himself into that Totality without being absorbed by it. This is the trait of a spiritual walker. Openness will allow to observe without judgment but at the same time to act when necessary.
It is through our feelings how we could allow the integration with the Totality, and by leaving the rational mind to act only for rational tasks. There is a time and a place for everything.
Ananda was swimming in the Ocean. He saw a flock of birds passing by. In the past he would have counted the number of birds rather than observing them, appreciate them. In the past he would have missed the beauty of that flight formation for the sake of having a number, a referential dry number in his mind so he could tell someone: “I saw 14 birds the other time.”
What could you expect. This is what Ananda had learned!! Numbers, separation, analysis, logic, accumulation of data. Rationality only.
All of that is of no help when the time has arrived to enjoy life.
Learning to unlearn is necessary to experience newness in life.