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Improvement is easy

jus' thinkin' 'bout stuff - 04-29-2022 - by steve rigell -

Humans will always look for the easy way, even if we know it requires more effort and time.

Welcome to the human race.

Sometimes the best way to do something is not doing. Not pushing. Not pulling. Not comparing. Not wanting.

Simply being in, when, where, who and why you are without any embellishment.

We don’t need embellishment.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t want it.

Maybe we do need embellishment. Maybe that’s part of being human. An essential human need.

It’s possible.

Other species make do with their genetic endowments. They don’t treat flaws and imperfections the way humans do.

We humans can’t help but recognize flaws, especially in other people. We ostracize, exclude, exploit, and oppress based on what we perceive as flaws.

We cover our flaws. We hide them and lie about them. We feel shame because we think other people see our flaws the way we see them.

Seeking improvement means you don’t accept your self, your flaws. Having to improve and get better at something, even if it is a deception points to a dissatisfaction with the way things are. We feel a need to improve the situation to make our self more comfortable.

But it isn’t our self that is uncomfortable. It is our ego. Egos are never comfortable. The ego is always moving on to the next thing, looking for advantage, ascendance, prestige and status. Whatever the current fad is.

Comparing and daring, but not caring about anything other than itself.

It’s your ego that wants to improve, it isn’t your self that feels and responds to that need.

If you don’t accept your self, you can never know your self. If you don’t accept your ego’s true nature, it will always control you.

The irony, of course, is that to stop improving, we have to change, and the change is supposed to be an improvement. Just what we were choosing to avoid. Right?

That’s what we have to get comfortable with. The fundamental contradictions between the humans we think ourselves to be and the beings we are beyond thinking.

It requires changing your mind. It requires changing my mind.

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