Life is in stages, first as a kid you believe in Santa. Then you get older and no longer believe in Santa Claus and his red-nosed reindeer. Then you have kids and you have to play the role of Santa. And at old age you tend to look like Santa.
It’s hard to convince a 6 year-old boy that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. That’s what his dreams on the days approaching Christmas are made of, besides he’s sat on Santa’s laps during the last school Xmas party and received presents from him.
Carl Sagan says, once we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
Unless of course we step out of our comfort zones and challenge our own thinking. We do this by reading books we may otherwise never touch with a six-foot pole, like a Christian reading the Quaran or the Torah. A Muslim can also do himself some good by reading the Bible. The objective here would be to develop a broader understanding of the religions, beliefs, mindsets and learnings of fellow citizens of your country who you interact with and sometimes do business with. Your new knowledge would allow you to connect, interact and understand people on a much more deeper level, without neccesarily changing your religion.
It’s like traveling to a foriegn country and finding the only person in town over there who speaks your mother tongue, imagine how thrilled you will be! That’s the power that comes when you decide to expand your knowledge base and read more about other cultures, religions, histories, biographies, knowledge-set and books you would otherwise not touch. When you speak, strangers will find you easier to connect with. And what is life if not about making new connections and communicating on a much deeper level with others?
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Of course, he forgot to add, maybe with a little more belly fat and gray hair. But you get his point. Don’t let yourself be restricted by the smallness of your own mind. Expand your mind map through reading more and soon you’ll expand your territory.
The first truth is that most people whether black or white are more interested in entertainment than they are in real education- hence the multitude of musical shows on T.V and popularity of gossip blogs and meaningless dance shows.
True emancipation from mental slavery can be achieved only by gaining new knowledge, insights, ideas and paradigms. Although learning through entertainment is important, it is also very limited. Not every important idea you can make into song, chant, or drama. Not only are too many people slaves of entertainment, but they display a real distaste for reading and study.
No individual or society can experience true mental freedom which depends upon other people’s filtered interpretations of important events and ideas. Just do a simple research: ask the next 10 people you meet when was the last time they read a book – any book. You’ll find out its mostly stuff written by Linda Ikeji.
Usually the answer I get is that they don’t like to read. It’s not uncommon for an ‘educated’ adult to say he or she hasn’t read a serious book after leaving the university. This simply means that they have remained imprisoned by old ideas, beliefs and perspectives learned all those many years ago.
The path to mental freedom is through conscious upgrading of your mind. Every breakthrough in the history of the world started with a breakthrough in thinking. The path to emancipation is through the systematic development of your mind. A good first step is to divert some of the time and money used in entertainment into self-education. Commit to read one book about career or business success every month.
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