Published July 8, 2018


Part 5

 Continued from Part 4

WHO are you?

   What you think, creates actions.

   Your actions create habits.

   Your habits develop your character.

   Your character determines your destiny.

   That is a powerful summation of a human life. If it is true that most people live lives of “quiet desperation” we can see why some, who believe they are on the edge, might just decide to “jump”, by consciously taking their own life. Which brings us to two (2) interesting questions. Are they truly conscious? Is it truly their life to take?

   SUICIDE: “Conscious and intentional self-destruction.”

   If suicide, as a conscious and intentional act of self-destruction, is really a refusal to meet the problems of life, what is “being conscious”? Inquiring minds will want to know.

   CONSCIOUS: “Aware of and responding to ones surroundings. Awake.”

   That’s a definition most of us would agree with, but for our discussion it is incomplete. There is an important difference between being AWAKE and being AWARE. All sentient life forms are alive and awake within that life. Humans have another dimension of their being called AWARENESS. This awareness gives us the unique capacity to know not only our surroundings, but also our thoughts and reactions to them.

   Simply stated, animals are limited to INSTINCT and self-preservation as their awareness and expression of self. They are awake to, and respond to urges and stimuli, but they have no judgments or objective viewpoint of their actions. They are extensions of their environment, and though they may have different traits and characteristics from each other, they essentially all serve the grand design of their life form.

   Human beings, however, are always judging their environment and circumstances. We, as part animal, are also extensions of our environment. Just as with other life forms we are governed by a process called “conditioning”, which occurs as we grow and develop. In other words, we live what we learn.

   However, unlike other sentient beings, humans have the innate capacity to critically evaluate our reactions, and those of others to changing conditions. We can change our thoughts and our actions. We also learn deception when we hide our thoughts and true intentions. This is basic human nature!

   To restate this another way – animal life is simple and human nature is complex. This makes human nature dangerous. What makes human nature dangerous is it’s ability to appear as something other than what it is. In sci-fi terms, human nature is a “shape shifter”. In Christian terminology we are “double minded” and in metaphysical language we are “mutable”. All of these terms say the same thing; what you see isn’t always what you get.

   The problem of humans growth potential is that we are largely unaware of this entire process that evolves within us, from carefree childhood into self-serving adults. Did you see that word again? UNAWARE. Yes, Awareness is the key. Self-awareness is the key to understanding ourselves and others honestly.


To Be Continued in Part 6