Originally Posted by Aron James
We are misunderstood because people do not see the truth of things.
Everyone lives in their own subjective world, we can take ourself as an example. Some people see us as cool, some see us as a bore, some see us as beutiful, others see us as ugly, some see us as old, others see us as young. Completely dependent on the observing mind of the other person.
What does this mean?
It means that no one really sees 'you'. You also see yourself in a subjective way, some people say you are smart, you may disagree and so on.
People misunderstand us because they see a different person. For example there are many different Aron's that will be perceived by the minds of those who visit this forum. Whose version of Aron is the real truth? Some wont like what he says, others will love what he says.
If you can understand this, much of your anxiety towards what other people think about you will naturally in time fall away because you will realise thay dont really see you. They see only what you show them, then even that is obscured further by their own thinking. So it's not surprising that people are misunderstood.
I'm following you from post to post, I hope you don't mind that. I'm really connecting to everything you're saying.
My question is this. How do you survive in a world like this? On every level...personally, professionally. You have a deep understanding, but when its just you out there, how do you keep it up? Don't other people just erode you?
The reason I ask, is because i've been traveling within. Its opened my eyes to everything around me and i'm becoming more and more fluid...but where do I go now? I feel i'm on top of my own mountain here. I've joined a small Sangha but I can't live and breathe my entire life with just them.
What do you do for a living? Do your friends have a grasp on this? Modern society is so shallow, egotistical, surfacy, and it tires me out. I'm in the middle of a career change and need to find a way to get out there and stay solid in my beliefs and stay fluid. The reason why its easy now is because I have a job where I work alone. I don't know what jobs I could do that won't soak up my energy and leave me completely drained.
I've found myself and my passions but how on earth do I generate a living on this? Or do you "choose" a job thats not quite for you but somehow make it work so you can prosper financially and have some security? Which is it, follow passions or stick with convention? I want to survive, but I also want to be true to myself.
Sorry if this post doesn't make sense...but anyways, how do you function and work in this modern society with your beliefs??