Life is full of fine lines which are neither broad nor at times obvious. These lines separate opposites clearly and definitely but we have a tendency as humans to overlook them. In failing to search, identify and define these fine lines we often find ourselves blending the two sides together to form a middle point, because its easier. Nearly all of life’s confusions and misconceptions are born like this. We try and blend light and dark together in an attempt understand both sides and all we get is a confusing gray. This simple phenomenon can be traced to most complex issues, even world issues. To tackle all the burden of the world with one article would be foolish at best and so I have no intention to try. On the other hand my goal is to explain the differences which set us apart from each other, which make some great and others not - separated by a fine line.
The simple fact is that all men are created equal and remain equal until they close their eyes. However there are great distinctions between these lives, their accomplishments and their mindset, with the latter being of particular significance. We can see a difference between successful and greatly influential people like Steve Jobs and to his contrast, the local homeless man on the corner of 5th and Aurora. Where is the fundamental difference between these two men’s lives? I am of the opinion that it has everything to do with the aforementioned mindset. While both are nonetheless created equal with greatness potential in their future, the decisions in their life and choice of compromises begins to create a fork that separates them at an early age. The farther they travel the more they disjoin. This fork divides their paths exponentially as their lives grow further and further apart until they are seemingly at opposite poles – one going east, the other going west. One would be overwhelmed when trying to compare these lives at their end, with all the information about each individual. It'd be quite easy to get distracted by the difference in outcome and not even compare the two due to the stark contrast. However, when looking at the fundamental mindset the end result is impossible to miss. One was driven, challenged and successful, while the other chose to be distracted, passive and a failure. And to those out there wanting to play this horse-crap card of sympathy towards the homeless out there, I say this – get your head out of the dark hole it’s in, and realize that they made their choices and their lives flourished in their investments. One doesn’t become homeless because they’re late on paying the PUD. It takes a consecutive, reckless and quite strategic offensive to screw one’s life up so horrifically – its mindset! And while I have little sympathy for consecutive recklessness I would be a fool to dismiss the possibility of the exceptions for people in the wrong place at the wrong time, as I’m certain there are. As I clearly defined earlier I have no intention of attacking all the world’s issues in this article, and if you get stuck on a “that specific situation” or “that guy as an exception” you’re not getting it, and so I invite you to stop reading and move on (www.google.com).
For the rest that stuck around, I’d like to resume the conversation.
This article has so far established its fundamental argument and defined the two roles which will further serve as analogues. But the reality is that I am not writing about the rich vs. the poor, nor any class conflict. I am writing about the fruits of one's thoughts and the power of words. Let’s face it, Western culture has lost its spine. We no longer have any losers because we find a way to make everybody win. We no longer have incentives to make something of ourselves and we’re brainwashed into accepting outright and blatant stupidity, mediocrity and comfort over ingenuity, etiquette and truth. And if you've ever read one of my articles you’d realize that I’m eventually going to bring up the cost issue. Yes, it costs us – now and with interest in the future!
Why did I bother with this?
I bothered with writing this because I am sick and tired of seeing smart, talented, driven and genuine individuals being stuffed into a corner by the aforementioned, brain-dead society. It’s angering to think that the willingly ignorant disconsider those who build their bridges, design their cell phones, engineer their cars and give them jobs to go to every single day. And most of these people which get pushed away and out of the social circles don’t fit in because they refuse to be idiots, like the rest.
Once in a while we even see one of these talented individuals with sharpened talents, strong will and a powerful character that wont be swayed by the aforementioned brain-dead society. These are the ones that get more respect, attention and admiration; they still however get singled out of the social circle for the same reasons, and because they make people feel small - because they are. And frankly, I have no problem with that – it’s their loss. What I do take issue with is the fact that these driven individuals are often considered arrogant and sometimes even called names in substitute for their drive and thirst to achieve. Their mindset's value is replaced by phrases like “be more humble” or “don’t be so arrogant” by the same people whom are upset at the fruits of the successful mindset - they're jealous and haven't a clue as to why. And who are the name callers? Hmmm, go ahead, take a guess…
Why can’t smart, driven people be admired and encouraged? Why are we so stuck on oversimplification and captivated by carelessness? Why can’t the world realize that our greatest asset is mindset? George Orwell once wrote “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought” which leads me to the meat of my article. How one chooses ones mindset is fundamentally important. Many argue that truth has many forms, yet I disagree. Truth can only have one fundamental. Mindset is thought which is language, which is word, is power and is life! Mindset is truth, and truth is God. You see? Everything has an absolute fundamental which paves the roads of life and remains ever separated by a simple fine line.
Be careful with your words, as they affect your mindset, and that can cloud the truth.
Until next time,