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The Curse of the Course

Someone posted a photo quote from Russell Brand on Facebook the other day that I found very revealing, “Cannabis isn’t a gateway drug. Alcohol isn’t a gateway drug. Nicotine isn’t a gateway drug. Caffeine isn’t a gateway drug. Trauma is the gateway. Childhood abuse is the gateway. Molestation is the gateway. Neglect is the gateway. Drug abuse, violent behavior, hyper sexuality and self-harm are often the symptoms (not the cause) of much bigger issues. And it often stems from a childhood filled with trauma, absent parents, and an abusive family. But most people are too busy laughing at the homeless and drug addicts to realize that your own children could be in their shoes in 15 years. Communicate, Empathize, Rehabilitate.”

Though Brand is mostly known as an actor and comedian he is also one of those people who actually tries to make things better. Whether you like his style of presentation or not, he is one of the few individuals who became awakened via his own traumas and downfalls and used his experiences to guide his life towards the realms of raising human consciousness, helping people heal, and making the world a better place. Few people can claim that. Can you?

Think about the people you know. Think about the life that you have lead. Think about what other people have done to you: whether intentionally or not. Think about what you have done to other people. Has what other people have done to you made you a better or a worse person? Did it cause you to become a good person or a bad person? Once you became either a good or a bad person, how did that cause you to do things to the life of others? Do you ever ponder any of this? Do you ever think before you do: act and react?

Other people are the primary cause of the creation of all of us. How we were treated as a child, how we were treated as an adult; all of these actions combined lead us to what we have become. What have you become? Are you a good vehicle for life? Have you made someone else’s life better or have you caused damaged to them? Do you ever ponder any of this? Do you even care?

Here lies the problem with human beings; they generally only think about themselves. They only heap praise and help onto those they like or those they hope to gain something from. And, then they hurt others. Why do they hurt others, commonly due to the negative things that were done to them by other people.

The fact of life is, there is no cure for bad behavior. It is not like we can push a button and everyone will become nice, do good things, and never hurt anyone. People, by their very nature, are a selfish breed. Thus, they act; they react to life based upon their experiences. If those experiences were negative, it is very common in a person repeating and echoing that behavior. They are doing onto others as has been done to them.

Think about a person in your life—a person that you truly know. Not just some acquaintance or some internet fantasy. …Someone who you have nothing but good thoughts about and nothing but good things to say. Why is that? Is it because they were the perfect person and had no flaws? Probably not. But, maybe they helped you when you needed help, maybe they were their for you, maybe they were kind to you. But, the main ingredient is, most probably, they never did any bad thing(s) to you. Thus, they are held in a position of reverence in your mind.

Are you one of those people? Are you are person who does not hurt anyone? Are you a person who strives to help someone/everyone?

The basis for all things Good Life is a person who is honest with themselves. They do not lie, they do not justify, they do not deny. They live in a space of ever-expanding awareness where they learn from their faults, their mistakes, and they attempt to overcome any interpersonal damage that may have been done to them by others. Mostly, they strive to hurt or damage the life of No One.

How much time do you spend thinking about this? How much time to you spend bettering and healing yourself? How much time do you spend righting your wrongs? How much time do you spend making the life of other people better; asking for and expecting nothing in return?

We are all created by our experiences. We are all created by what others did to us. But, we can gain control over who we are to become and what we create in the lives of other people. You just have to take control over your mind and care enough to care. Care more about the other person than simply reacting and reanimating what someone else did to you.