Why do anything? Why blog? Why post? Why speak? Why read? Why write? What’s the point of any of it? Too stay competitive in an ultra-competitive society? Too monetize ones expression? Too display dominance and superiority over others? To obtain a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, pride? This may sound extreme but why not just lie down and die. Just give up. When did quitting get such a bad reputation? A quitter remains in control and maintains a certain level of freedom. A loser comes up short and a winner follows the rules on an advanced level (work hard). Quitters never win or lose and those who choose to play the game never quit; Duality by design. What does an athlete usually do when she plays a game regardless of the outcome? She continues to train, competes against the next competitor and this cycle continues until she retires. What happens to the quitters? The people who start an activity and for whatever reason back-back and eventually fade away? What’s their story? We’ve all quit at some time in our lives. When I was 18 years old I dropped out of high school. That’s right I quit going to school. My mother made me enroll in summer school to make up a years’ worth of English and guess what, I quit that too. I wasn’t going to an Ivy League school or some top ten university so I decided to get a GED. It made more sense and required a lot less effort than going to school especially when most job/college applications require a high school diploma or GED. Hell, I could have saved myself a few years had I quit going to school sooner.
The entomology of quit states – c. 1200, “free, clear” (of debt, etc.), from Old French quite, quitte “free, clear, entire, at liberty; discharged; unmarried,” from Medieval Latin quitus, quittus, from Latin quietus “free” (in Medieval Latin “free from war, debts, etc.”), also “calm, resting” (see quiet (adj.)). – etymonline.com. Based on the aforementioned, quitting doesn’t seem to be all that bad especially for those of us looking for a change. Other than high school I’ve also quit dead end jobs, relationships, cigarettes, red meat, the list goes on. Instead of playing the back and forth game of “some you win some you lose” adopt more of a quitter’s philosophy.
As a child I always knew there was more than meets the eye. I remember as a teenager falling asleep on my back with my eyes open and floating out of my body observing the room. Sometimes I would just stop what I was doing and be still. At the time I didn’t know what I was discovering or why I had the sudden urge to pause. Fast forward to 2014, I’m sitting on my living room couch and ask aloud “God show me a sign”, nothing happened of course. I turned the television on and searched you tube for something to fill the void. What I stumbled upon would shift my outlook on life. Without dropping names I stumbled upon a life coach. This particular life coach provided a book list which included The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization by Anthony Browder, The Art of Effortless Living: Discover Health, Emotional Well-Being, and Happiness by Ingrid Bacci, The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot and others. I went on amazon ordered a book, started reading and haven’t stopped since. Something inside of me was reactivated and there’s an insatiable thirst to know more about everything.
When I was eight years old I lost my father after he lost his bout with cancer. He was 51. My mother had “know thyself” inscribed on his tombstone. I asked her why and she said he always talked about how important it is to know thyself. For many years I never gave it any thought then one day I googled it. According to Wikipedia: The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” or “gnothi seauton” (Greek: γνῶθι σεαυτόν, transliterated: gnōthi seauton; also … σαυτόν … sauton with the ε contracted), is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek writer Pausanias (10.24.1). The aphorism came from Luxor in Ancient Egypt.
Yeah, I had a similar look on my face. I didn’t know what to think nor could I pronounce all the words. It wasn’t until I started going within myself did this start making any sense.
My definition of “know thyself” can be summed up in three fundamental questions. Below I will quote excerpts from The Forbidden Religion by Jose M. Herrou Aragon.
I chose the aforementioned based on where the journey has lead me thus far. It’s possible that as my journey continues I may revise how I choose to define things. I guess that’s the beauty of it all. At the end of the day it’s up to you and what you choose to believe in. I’m interested in knowing your answers to the three fundamental questions above. Please leave your answers in the comment section.
The story starts with our character stuck in a box trying to break free. It could be that after some time in the box the conditions became undesirable or maybe he was placed in this box against his will and finally decides to break free. Escaping the box is not an easy task. A considerable amount of effort is involved. Once free, the character is able to stand and see that hes been boxed in. He goes from being the contents of the box to leaving an empy box behind and not looking back. After a while outside of the box he doesn’t know what to do with himself. He soon stumbles upon another box slightly different from the one he recently escaped. Once again our character is boxed in. The point of this story is that what we are looking for is not on the exterior. What we are looking for is within. So in actuality, we are the box!