Freedom from Culturally Conditioned Thinking
CreatedFriday, 11 April 2014
Last modifiedThursday, 18 December 2014
Revised byJean du Plessis
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Wayist teaching on culturally conditioned thinking is well known--it is said that it is one of the Root Downfalls of souls. It makes sense, but what can we do about it? How can we attain that great freedom from this all pervasive "evil" that hinders our spiritual growth?
Freedom from culturally conditioned thinking comes not in a potion, or from drinking the soma/amrita from a holy grail, it takes effort and maturity. Each one of us have to personally challenge it an over years of maintenance, root it out bit by bit. For as long as we remain victim to it, we do not own our own minds and we merely exist as programmed drones.
Not all culturally conditioned thinking are stumbling blocks, some are really good, things we can be thankful for--but how do we know which ones are good, which are bad? The only way it to learn how to think things through as we challenge each and every one of the ingrained concepts that make up our being.
Much of culturally conditioned thinking turn out to be blocks to spiritual growth because it instills in us the killers of spirituality: arrogance, pride, and circular reasoning. To mention a few examples of body-mind attitudes that result from culturally condition thinking one must consider the obvious ones first: racism, bigotry, classism, misogyny, patriachy, and several religious doctrines specifiaclly about the nature of "God", the superiority of "His" devotees, and the purpose of life.
Then there are the smaller ones that pervade our lives East and West: tribalism, cultural arrogance, competitiveness, modern day democrasy, our dietary habits, education systems, social structures, how we "care" for the poor and how we define poverty in our societies, international aid, public debt, consumerism, the robbery called the stock exchange, the 1% syndrome, capitalism, the true value of gold and diamonds, fashion labels, etc.
What can we do about this enemy within?
1) Dont feed the veil of illusion to your children; teach them to chalenge the norms of society, own their own minds and be authentic human beings.
2) Re-evaluate everything you "know" to be sacrosanct. Make a list of positives and negatives. It is not easy because we are programmed to NOT think about these things, we dont have the cognitive tools to do it so it takes extraordinary effort. Take for example monogamy. Some teachers write that monogamy is forced upon society to keep the people vulnerable because in the past group marriages formed large communities who owned ever-increasing assets and land, which made governing them difficult because they did not rely on the state. Consider democrasy; some teachers write that it is a sham because the MoneyMen own the media, which owns peoples minds, therefore they elect whoever they want and make that person dance as they wish. Consider time; is it real or not?
3) Dont stop, the world is your oyster... True freedom is being an authentic human being, owning your own mind.