Freedom of Speech
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:38PM
Julian Sturton in Conversation, Distinctions, conversation, distinctions, fear, freedom, love

This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

— George Bernard Shaw, attributed as from a “speech at Brighton”

A Vicious Circle

The everyday conversations we have with people and ourselves are not free. They are always prejudiced by something that has already happened.

Two things are common to all humans:

  1. Everything we have ever experienced, or that we perceive as having occurred, is processed through our mind. The mind enables us to comprehend and make sense of things. Therefore everything that occurs to us is a “conversation”.

  2. No one has a way to know how things will end up on this planet — or anywhere else for that matter. As a result, we can never fully express in our conversations how things will turn out in the future.

Our lack of freedom to fully express what is going to happen in the future is continually in conflict with our habits of our past. These habits from the past include our emotions such as fear and love. Fear, like love, can become the dominant filtered lens through which we view, respond, and react to the world. As a result, we are always living our lives within our own vicious circles.

The Essence of Freedom

Fortunately, there is an exception to this rule of past habits, of living in our own vicious circles. It is when, by our own recognition and self determination, we declare who we are – not through what has happened – but through what is going to happen that has not happened to us before.

When we take a stand in life, we become that which we stand for. We are no longer simply the sum of our habits.

What we stand for is dynamic. Such a stand is no longer governed by an emotional, habit-driven self-interest. As a result, such dynamic-driven conversations shall determine our future rather than by our habits from the past.

The dynamic self and what we stand for are the same. They are partners equipped to make the necessary and demanding difference in the real world — not the emotional world. Such a difference is required of us if we are to be more than a “selfish clod of ailments complaining that the world will not devote itself to making us happy.”

Article originally appeared on The Language of Leading (http://www.thelanguageofleading.com/).
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