by Gary Z McGee
Our minds are continually active,
fabricating an anxious, usually self-preoccupied,
often falsifying veil, which
partially conceals our world."
It was inevitable that it would create anti-intellectual monsters spewing ignorance - both blissful and willful - from all sides. It was inevitable that it would exacerbate partisan claptrap to unprecedented levels.
And it was inevitable
that we would all be stuck in the middle being pulled this way and
that by charlatans, spin doctors, con artists, and bombastic
bamboozlers of all different colors, allegiances, and creeds.
If, as Krishnamurti said,
...then it stands to reason that we readjust.
It's time to adopt a healthier way of being human in the world. It's time to lighten up. It begins with learning how not to take ourselves so damn seriously all the time.
Here are a few
You believe your opinions and decisions
are based on experience and facts,
while those who disagree with you
are falling for the lies and propaganda
of sources you don't trust.
Everyone believes the people
they disagree with are gullible,
and everyone thinks they are
far less susceptible to persuasion
than they truly are."
Take a breather. Let
yourself off the hook for "being right" all the damn time. Allow
yourself to admit that you're probably wrong.
It's all questionable. It's all precarious. It's all procrastinating wrongness. Question it all...
Entertain a thought without accepting it. Don't take anything personally. Stay curious rather than serious. Keep your bullshit and the bullshit of others in perspective by constantly reminding yourself that nobody (no matter how "enlightened") and no ideology (no matter how "sacred") will ever have the answer.
Realize that the only
"answer" is to question all answers (including this one) ad
Understand that it will be difficult to excavate "the Truth." It will be tantamount to discovering a needle in a haystack. Just have a sense of humor about it. Don't take anything too seriously, especially your own opinion.
Take everything with a
grain of salt and some things with the entire saltshaker.
Realize that you are not that far removed from the child you once were. And neither is anybody else.
The illusion is that we've "grown up." The reality is that we are always growing. Time doesn't make us all wise. It makes the majority of us stubborn and stuck in immature mindsets.
As Khalil Gibran wisely stated,
There is more maturity in
a spoonful of humorous, playful, child-like sincerity than in an
ocean-full of self-important, rigid, adult-like seriousness.
to take humor seriously
and seriousness humorously."
Take out the heart and you kill self-seriousness.
The key is to remain self-empowered but not so empowered that you become egocentric and self-serious.
And only a good sense of humor is trickster enough to pull off the trick. Only a good sense of humor can help you get out of your own way so that you can see,
Practice humor over hubris to laugh at yourself and the cosmic joke.
True self-empowerment is never overly serious anyway.
And it's certainly never
self-serious, except perhaps when it does so on purpose and as a
means toward showing how ridiculous it is to take oneself too
Whether that "power" is a
religious/political authority or your own self-empowered authority,
a good sense of humor will keep you ahead of the curve by
restraining the hubris that can lead to the corruption of power.
they take seriously
what the gods made for fun."
This is perhaps the most powerful strategy for learning how not to take yourself too seriously.
Practicing healthy detachment and a good sense of humor will prevent you from taking yourself too seriously.
It will prevent you from
clinging to a particular outcome, certainty, or belief. It will give
you a bird's-eye perspective of your life and the world, which can
help you reprogram outdated programming and recondition unhealthy
The lack of self-serious attachment leads to open-minded detachment. Suddenly the quarrel or dispute, whatever it may be, becomes moot. It flattens out.
It shrinks under the mighty weight of,
It becomes a petty hypothesis in an infinite field of valid hypotheses.
Proper perspective rains down, drowning out the superfluous. After the flattening, after the drowning, triviality is measured by validity and found wanting.
For you have gotten out of your own way, and the way is finally clear:
There's nothing to take so seriously that it gets in your way.
You are free to simply be: