Patterns. Conditioned doing and even being. Moving in line just because… Why?
Why? Why? Maybe the most important and least asked question in our life. I am starting to realize this. All those simple things we do, the pattern in our lives, the following of the crowd. Why? What has is it to do with me?
As I am walking through the railway station I observe and wonder: Long lines of people, waiting to get on the escalator, standing on the escalator, stumbling off the escalator…
All this while the stairs next to the escalator are un-used… I take those.
On the platform itself, everybody is busy… not even with their own being, but with seemingly important stuff: on the mobile phone, listening to annoying music, in heavy conversation, hurrying to catch the train, working through office papers…
All this while at the end of the platform a mother is stumbling to get her child’s buggy aboard the train… Why does nobody see?
And then on board of the train… How many people see the beautiful scenery we are passing by? Sunrise through misty meadows, cows emerging, still vague silhouettes. Why are we so caught up in this high-pressure life?
I am starting to ask WHY? every step I take. I am afraid I come to realize that we make life more difficult and inefficient than we really realize.
We have become cattle, stuck to patterns, following the crowd because… just because.
Are we afraid to step out of line? Are we afraid to leave a seemingly safe environment? Maybe we are simply in an all-time tunnelvision.
Still, breaking free from that needs only one thing: Making each decision for ourselves. What do I want? And why is that good for me?
It is not a matter of being selfish, but a matter of being yourself, your true you. In that way you and your environment get the most out of it.
One of my ancient-Greek teachers once said that there is only one really important proverb, explainable in different ways:
Gnóthi Seauton — Proverb to be found above the entrance of the temple of the Oracle of Delphi, initially meant for those who entered to be aware of the fact that they are human, not god. Later used in many different situations.
Gnóthi Seauton: Know Thyself! I think it fits my story quite well…