Saturday, 19 September 2009

The importance of reading the writing on the wall (Part 1 of 2)

Wouldn't it be great if we could reduce the number of serious mistakes that we make in life? Imagine the amount of pain and disorientation that we would avoid. Think of the financial gains and opportunities that we would be able to seize. No one possesses universal knowledge and can prevent all mistakes, but this is no reason to disregard the real possibility of reducing our errors.

If you learn what is the main cause of your mistakes and keep that in mind, you will already have established the basis for massive improvements in your personal performance. The fundamental reason for our mistakes is that we fail to read the writing on the wall. The crucial problem is the difficulty of recognizing our own blindness.
  • We hold to losing hands, even when it becomes obvious that we should throw them away. We willingly ignore signs that conflict with our deepest ambitions and cling to habits that we should discontinue. How much time do we waste maintaining worthless possessions, even when it is apparent that we would be better off if we got rid of them?
  • We pursue counter-productive goals and devote endless energies to make them look compatible. We tell ourselves that opposite objectives will somehow come together, only to grow increasingly alienated from reality and truth. We allow our contradictory desires to transform our positives into negatives.
  • We trust dishonest people even after receiving overwhelming evidence of their moral flaws. We look the other way in order to avoid witnessing their deceitful actions. We tell ourselves that these people will get better with time, only to find our worst suspicions confirmed once and again.
  • We invest in shaky undertakings and close our eyes to repeated signs telling us to stay away from what looks too good to be true. We allow our wishful thinking to overrule our prudence despite the lessons from the past. We become insensitive to good advice and, instead, we feed ourselves agreeable nonsense.
  • We long to have sex with enticing beauties whose words and actions mark them as seriously deranged. We pay attention to superficialities and repress the uneasiness that arises from such lack of substance and humanity. We train ourselves to perceive only the convenient side of the world and to disregard aspects of serious concern.
  • We join social movements that have no future and give them the best of our lives. We avidly believe their nonsense and reassure ourselves that we are doing the right thing. We feel proud of our participation in rites and ceremonies that serve no other purpose than enhancing our vanity.
  • We purchase useless and overpriced items for which we lose interest in a matter of hours. We devote massive efforts to acquire symbols of success for the sole purpose of impressing people who couldn't care less. When will we learn to trust no one and nothing beyond what we can touch and conclude for ourselves?
To be continued in Part 2


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