The struggle of being “right.”
Our society in general has inculcated the idea that the most important thing in life is to be “right.”
This goal creates a struggle in our minds. No one wants to be labeled as “being wrong.”
Thus, life becomes a battlefield of proving rightness over wrongness.
“I am right. You are wrong.”
The above is within the limits of a childish consciousness. It is not “bad” neither “good.” It is just a type of consciousness.
I recall the story of Jim Thorpe. He was an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon (1912.) He lost that medal after it was found that he was paid to play semiprofessional baseball before the Olympics.
30 years after his death, the Olympic Committee restored his Olympic medals… (??)
Nowadays, we cannot think of a world-class athlete who is not paid or has an endorsement to compete in the Olympics.
Was Jim Thorpe “right” or “wrong”? 🙂
Pope Francis is into changing “old methods” of the Catholic Church:.. “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving.”
Rules change. “Right or wrong” changes as well…
Anne bought a plasma TV. It had such a huge screen, the neighbors could watch what she was watching from their homes. One of the components failed in the TV. Because Anne had some knowledge about computers and electronics, Anne came to the conclusion that the issue was hardware related. Because the TV was under warranty she called the store.
The people from the store sent their repair crew. They went exactly through the same steps as Anne did to troubleshoot the device. They sent an email to their headquarters about their findings and left.
Anne thought that her problem was resolved and waited for a couple of weeks… then…nothing! She called again to find out about the delay. The store decided to send a different repair crew…
The new crew went through the same thing. They apologized for the miscommunication and mentioned that her issue somehow “slipped through the cracks.” 🙂
In a couple of days, Anne received an email from a supervisor of the store, letting her know that “she was right all along!”
The TV wasn’t fixed yet… but Anne was right!! 🙂
In life, the issue is not just an instant of being called “right or wrong” but the important thing to remember is what happens in between.
Did Anne enjoy her time without a TV?
Did Anne found another source of enjoyment?
Or perhaps, Anne was complaining all along about something that she had no control of?
The consciousness of enjoyment goes beyond the instant of feeling the satisfaction of being called “right” at one moment or “wrong” at the other.
It is what it is. If there is something that could be done to “fix” things, then we could do our part… but enjoyment needs to be there.
To find out in the future if we are ‘right or wrong’ is of no consequence when we live life to the fullest.
Of course the above could be misinterpreted as: “performing evil actions and not caring because it does not matter if I do something right or wrong.” 😉
The intention behind any action is what matters. There is no enjoyment in being afraid of being caught.
Fear is the opposite of enjoyment in life. Fear is the opposite of love in life.
That is why, there is no ideology or philosophy which brings fear to a human being, which could be able to transform consciousness.
Fear could be removed when we are aware of our own fears, when we could recognize them as what they are without trying to justify them or rationalize their existence.
That is, fear could be removed when we are truly honest with ourselves… That is the time when enjoyment could be free again to start flowing in our lives.