The time to reflect is over

June 13th, 2008 Florida

Dear Diary, Post #4

The word guide is a symbiotic word. In whatever form or tense chosen it implies that the action/s required help of some kind from an external or internal source. Guide also reflects that human beings are born without knowledge and rely on others to teach the skills needed to survive. One such skill is curiosity for without the guidance of experience that desire to explore can become painful if not deadly. As we grow in stature and wisdom that curiosity can become dulled with repetition until the persistence that guided us to the place we thought we wanted becomes a burden that mocks our dreams. The society that trained us and molded our neurons into a reliable guide of mores and customs oftentimes becomes the enemy when we seek for something new. The inner map that is guiding the interactions of daily life can become faulty when new information is added. The world that seemed to be a reliable guide no longer is safe but strange and frightening as the images no longer match our mental landscape. Many of us fall back on our guiding principles and place this new reality into the context of our past actions and take comfort in knowing the changes don’t affect our inner core. But when that core is rotten, when the guide installed is based on faulty facts, then the new incoming material is not absorbed but rather becomes fragmented as the parts that match are accepted and the parts that don’t are rejected. The human mind is adept at guiding our senses to survive not thrive. We may believe that our moral guide is accurate in all ways, but our senses are not passive receptors, but are actively directed by the mind to see only the reality that is programmed to exist. The mind is conservative in the guidance it uses to calculate risk and reward because the overriding objective is to stay alive, thus any course that detracts from that goal is manipulated. That is why habits and patterns are so hard to break because the guide we use has become hardwired into the mind and change is resisted from within. So in the end, we become slaves to our minds rather than the masters and to break those bonds we need a guide. That is why human beings socialize, to be guided to a new reality.

Rose Dewy Knickers



12 thoughts on “The time to reflect is over

  1. this makes me wonder about a human being raised without the guidance of morality religion etc.. i wonder what the natural course would be…..

  2. The shame of it all is that sometimes it is that very socializing that guides some human beings into a reality they will live to regret entering. (Don’t know why that sentence stood out for me, perhaps because it was in the place of honor, at the end?)

    I need a guide from my habits, but it has to be a guide stronger than my will not to break them – and I haven’t met one yet as strong willed as a few of my habits. Must have been the survival guide that kept me from smoking or jumping out of planes in midair, grin.

    Miss you guys.

  3. Wanted to say here that Rose is doing all right. Still not writing on her novel again, not sure why, but we agreed to let her have space.

    She misses all of you, misses the woman she was, but doesn’t really know where to go from here.

    What do you think about her posting her travel memoir online?

  4. complex perspectives woven into a neat and tidy post — when you speak of the core being rotten and so information becomes fragmented it puts me in mind of our mind selves being like computers with viruses on our hard drives — certainly hope my files aren’t going to be erased!!!

  5. What do you think about her posting her travel memoir online?
    Absolutely, Brian. You tell Rose for me that I am interested in just about anything she has to share: her thoughts, her deams, her expectations, anything and everything . . . just as my best friend and only surviving sister, shares with me. Rose has come to mean something very special to me.

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