Lucy Anstey-Pape by Don Treeger
The call for your voice
Your voice is an instrument.
The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.
How many times your opinion as a citizen or as part of a global community was asked?
Where does your voice come from? Where do your opinions come from?
They reflect your thoughts and your direct observation and experience or they are determined by what you receive from opinion formers?
A simplified definition states that opinion formers are people who have a lot of influence over what the public thinks about things.
Every person in the spotlight becomes an opinion former, no matter one’s intentions or field of activities.
I am sure you have heard and read about them exhaustively until now. I am sure many times you search for them even before reflecting upon your own observation of the facts.
They tell you what they think, sometimes what would be cool to think, they talk about their life experiences, have personal perspectives, defend good or dubious causes, frequently also reverberate the tendencies around; sometimes they even ask you to hush…
Haven’t you heard enough?
Too often we…enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy
What about your voice?
What about your thoughts, the ones hidden there at the deep bottom of your heart?
What about your life experience and direct observation of events happening around you?
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum, even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there is free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of debate.
Have you actually noticed how much you are limited by the repetition of patterns and ideas from this group of people who influence you, who seem more critical or succeeded, but in reality are themselves superficially debating within this narrow spectrum of acceptable opinions?
May it be in ART, MUSIC, LITERATURE, SCIENCE, SPIRITUALITY, BIOLOGY, POLITICS, ECONOMICS, and so on…
What makes the opinion, life, voice of someone in the spotlight…
What makes my opinion, life, voice, more important than yours?
What makes you believe that someone who has achieved any level of projection, prestige or dominance in this world can have answers for your life?
What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call “thought”.
Shout it out loud,
What makes these opinions, lives and voices more important than yours?
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Tell me, because I really don’t know.
The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It is unnecessary for them to trouble themselves with what’s happening in the world. In fact, it is undesirable. If they see too much of reality, they may set themselves to change it.
I have listened to and learned with the voices, lives, opinions and experiences of people considered non opinion formers during my whole life.
I’m so glad and grateful for it, because I could hear about stories, thoughts and feelings told unpretentiously with a sense of truth, surrender and humbleness that is difficult to find in other circumstances.
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books, but lives in our very blood?
Carl Gustav Jung
The moment where consultation takes place serves more for elaboration and reflection on ourselves and our lives than any sort of medical or health recommendation.
But this is something that we should practice everyday, out of any illness demands.
All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
Perception, observation, elaboration for subsequent expression in thoughts, feelings, words and actions. Only if you lived the whole process and each step of it, your thoughts, feelings, words and actions will be in concordance.
If you are used to receive it disconnected from yourself through external opinions, be sure that your thoughts, feelings, words and actions will not be coherent.
I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions… Don’t take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can’t. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.
After all, what is freedom?
There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.
Lion door knocker
And what about accepting?
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there is a personal revolution, on an individual level. It is got to happen inside first.
If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.
Nautical mooring rope
You could attach prices to thoughts. Some cost a lot, some a little. And how does one pay for thoughts? The answer, I think, is: with courage.
Start to live the process of perceiving, observing your own life, people, facts, events, circumstances around you, give yourself some time and daily elaboration of them for subsequent expression of your thoughts, opinions, experiences, fears, hopes, dreams…
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE,
BECAUSE NO ONE IN THE WORLD HAS EVER BEEN YOU BEFORE.
No opinion is more important than yours.
SOME OF US WOULD LIKE SO MUCH TO HEAR YOUR VOICE.
YOU ARE AN UNIVERSE TO BE DISCOVERED.
Golden Sunrise by William Sturgell