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Your Interpretation of My Life

It is very hard not to be confronted with the fact that everyone is evaluating everyone else’s life in this time and in this era. Born in the #metoo, #cancelculture, #blm, and #woke movements, people are casting their judgment onto others on a daily basis. But, there is one thing that people do not realize as they are casting their judgment onto to others… That one thing is, looking to others—focusing on others, removes the focus from one’s self. Meaning, by looking outwards, no one is looking inwards.

The fact is, it is very easy to look to the life of someone else and see what you do or do not like about the way they have lived their life and the things they have or have not done. But, the one element that no one, “Else,” possess is the true understanding of another person’s actual inner-motivations for why that person has done what they have done. It is a judgmental guess at best. Again, this is a very easy framework to live your life from as all focus is placed outside of one’s self.

Ask yourself, “Do you truly know what I am thinking?” “Do you truly know what anyone else is thinking?”

No one likes it when someone accuses him or her of something. No one likes it when someone says something about him or her that is not true. No one likes it when someone falsely judges an individual. But, look around us; it is going on all over the place.

Obviously, this is nothing new in the realms of life and of life reality. What is new, however, is the belief system that everyone immediately places on anything anyone says without doing any true inner-investigation as to if what is being said or claimed is actually fact or self-concocted fiction.

Most recently, they have taken certain Dr. Seuss books off the market due to their racial overtones. Now, this certainly does not affect me in any manner. Even as a child I was not a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I doubt that it affects you. But, what it does illustrate is that the world is in a mode of mass cleansing—eradicating anything that anyone does not believe is appropriate. But, how is this any different than when a new religion takes over a region of the world and burns all of the religious scriptures that were utilized by the original inhabitants? How is this any different than when a new political entity takes over a land and destroys all cultural ruminates of its indigenous people? Destruction is destruction and that is all destruction leads to.

When we look to places like talk radio, the cable news channels, and especially the internet, we see people broadcasting their thoughts and their judgments about all kinds of people and things. But, do these people ever articulate that what they saying is simply what they think about someone or something and what they are stating is not necessarily based in fact? No, they do not. They proclaim what they proclaim as if it is gospel. It is not.

From a personal perspective, people are actually making money on sites like YouTube by discussing movies I have made. Are they paying me anything for having the creative vision and the dedication to get that movie completed? Nope. Are they paying me any money for using the footage from my films to illustrate their discussion? Nope. Does the publicity do me any good? How could it when what they are saying is simply opinion-based
wrong? These people don’t know me. These people have never met me. These people have never spoken to me. These people have never asked me anything. Yet, they are making money by speaking about my creations, myself, and why they think I do what I do. Is that fair?

Certainly, this type of broadcasting goes on all the time all over the place. Perhaps it has happened to you in some way, so you will understand. The thing is, in this era; opinion, not fact, seems to rule, and who’s ever opinion can be voiced in the mode of attack seems to hold the most weight.

If we look to the works of Dr. Seuss, were they intrinsically racists? I don’t know. How could I? Was he a racist? Or, as his family proclaims, simply a product of his era? Again, I don’t know. You don’t know. Nobody knows. Does removing his now seemingly racist illustrations make the all and the everything of the world any better, or does it simply put a veil over a piece of American culture, attempting to hide the facts of a time and a place and an artist’s creative vision at a specific point in history?

If we look to the Blaxploitation cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, we can view a lot of reverse racism. The terms they used to speak of Caucasians and other, non-Black, races were very demeaning. I understand that this is considered a form of countermanding the way African-Americans had been spoken of and spoken to in times gone past, but does that type of dialogue truly making anything any better or does it simply accentuate the negative?

I know I’ve spoken of this before, but growing up in a predominately African-American area of Los Angeles, I was continually confronted with racism. Everyday I was called, “Honkey,” or “White paddy.” Were those people chastised for calling me such derogatory terms? No, they were not as in that sub-culture it was accepted behavior. Did I come back at those people who said such things by calling them a racial slur; no I did not, because that was not of my make up. I just let it roll off my shoulder. I did, from personal experience, however, experientially come to understand that racial slurs do not define the person who they are being aimed at and they have very little actually impact if you do not allow them to dominate your mindset.

I was also confronted with violence, due to my race, on a regular basis. People wanting to fight would often accost me. It was rarely one-on-one but most commonly by multiple people. So, I learned you had to keep swinging no matter what. Now, I’m not playing the, “Poor little White boy,” card here. What I am saying is that by judging a person without understanding who they truly are negates all a person truly is. Moreover, playing the, “Whoa is me,” card is exactly what most of the people who are out there embracing #cancelculture are doing. They are looking to judging, criticizing, and then attempting to destroy a person, place, or a thing due to their not liking what he, she, or it represents. But, why can’t a person be who they are? Why can’t they think what they think? And, who is so all-powerful to be the ultimate judge of their thoughts and their actions?

Now many, in this era, feel it is their duty to attack what they deem to be the bad thoughts and actions of other people, and to destroy what they consider to be the bad things of the past. But, destruction does not change anything. It does not alter the past.

In spiritual circles, it is understood that for a person to become truly whole, truly holy, they must focus on themselves and refine themselves first, before they ever venture out to guide others. How many of the people who have taken to the streets, (or the airwaves or the internet), truly spend any time refining themselves, their own inner consciousness, and their own understanding of Divine Self and God? Very few, I believe. Instead, as stated, it is much easy to focus on something outside of themselves. It is much easier to condemn the actions of someone else than to condemn one’s own faults and misdeeds.

So, next time you think about criticizing someone, next time you think about discussing someone else that you do not actually know, next time you find yourself placing your analysis, your anger, your angsts, or your condemnation onto someone else, take the time to look at yourself first. What have you done wrong? Who have you hurt? How have you alter the life of someone else, in some manner, by what you have created? And, what are you doing today to truly make yourself, internally, a better and more refined individual?

Judge yourself before you ever judge anyone else. Tell people the truth about who and what you truly are. Be honest with yourself and with others about the things you have done that have affected the life or someone/anyone else. And, always understand that you can never truly know another person so you should never cast your judgment onto them.