It’s Time To Take Responsibility For Your Choices
GUEST POST BY REBECCA DETTMAN.
Everywhere I look, it seems people are drugging themselves up to the eyeballs. Whether it’s a cough lolly, anti-smoking tablet, new vaccination or serious medication, it appears our society has reached the point where we simply don’t think twice before ingesting something into our bodies – asking absolutely no questions first.
I’m a little bit perplexed as to how we got this way. We love to pay out, judge and question every single thing the celebrities and royals do in magazines; we are instantly sceptical of everything politicians say and do; and we make life hell for our sporting umpires. So why do we blindly allow ourselves to be spoon-fed by other things in life, such as advertising, media reports, drug companies and mind-numbing entertainment, simply assuming they’re all ‘right’ and properly monitored to maintain some kind of standards? Who is the watchdog watching the watchdogs?
By the time a child is 18 years old, they’ve already been bombarded with 20,000 hours of medical advertising, imagery and TV shows. And yet, this material only belongs to one side of a story. Are people thus able to make an informed choice about their health armed with this influx of (not always accurate, yet aggressive) information? Are they aware of the existing alternatives? Is the small team of 30 men in suits running your national nightly television network, or your local newspaper, making the best choices about what you should be watching and listening to every day? Are they informed about the truth behind every story? (Or are they tired, burned out and stuck in out-dated routines resulting from their own archaic belief systems?)
The basic tenet of spiritual enlightenment is that you seek the truth – not an ‘objective’ truth, because there isn’t one, but whichever truths in the universe resonate strongly with you. People are usually quite resistant to being told what to believe when it comes to ‘my church is better than your church’, or ‘my god is better than your god’ – they like to pick their own faith and feel really ‘right’ about it.
So, thought for the day: If you choose your own spiritual thoughts and belief systems, why, then, do you behave like a sheep when it comes to ingesting things into your body (because some person you’ve never met before in a white coat tells you to) or filling the rest of your brain with junk (because it happens to be on Channel 10 at 7:30pm)? Be intelligent, informed and educated in as many choices that you make as possible, and be strong and joyous in discovering your own individuality.
How do you make decisions about what is best for you and your wellbeing? How do you feel about the way information is provided to us in the mainstream media?
Positive affirmation for the day: I am informed and take responsibility for my choices.
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