I’m not brown, black or white. I’m not Indian, Middle-Eastern, British or American. I’m not Hindu, Muslim or Christian. I’m not Democrat or Republican. I’m not heterosexual or homosexual. I’m not man or woman.
We are all systematically indoctrinated from birth. By the time we develop critical thinking skills, it’s too darn late. We’re fully entrenched in our deep-seated values, beliefs, judgments, stereotypes and prejudices - endearingly referred to as wisdom, or our maker’s way.
We then spend the rest of our lives fervently pushing our ideology onto others, and ourselves! We consider it our duty to tell others how they should live their lives. And therein lies the secret to the root of mankind’s pain, suffering and unhappiness – “wisdom” that’s been accepted without question.
We conform to this wisdom because of our innate desire to be accepted and validated by society, even if it’s unjust or makes us unhappy. On the other hand, we want to explore our individuality; we wrestle with wanting to cut the strings from living the puppet life.
To break free, we must unlearn what we have learned. And have the audacity to redefine our social constructs. Then comes arguably the most painful part – act and live on our newly defined terms. That takes balls. Like really big, gargantuan balls. How big are yours?