Hello word-user, I know that for us it’s tempting to believe that we are in control.
And to assume that with 20 years or more of school under our belts, we are not easy to fool.
Not by a priest, a politician or a prankster anyway.
Other word-users might get bamboozled by a cheater or a con artist, but not us.
The contrary is true.
No one fools you more than the words you use.
We are easy to fool
Yup, we don’t fool each other, we fool ourselves by the words we use.
Have you ever been fooled by fake news?
Then you know you’ve been successfully by a con artist which in this happens to be the ex-prez of country that once was mine.
If you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you, you lose.
You lose because if words control you, that means everyone else can control you.
You can’t win with a losing hand.
Mirror mirror on the wall
When you look in the mirror…
…￼￼do you see what others see? Or is your reflection like Narcissus’, far less (or far more) attractive than what others see when they look at you?
You may assume that you are so good and so useful that anyone who doesn’t see that is confused or misguided.
For all I know you may feel like a hypocrite, a trickster or an unseen genius…
These are all forms of self-delusion.
Letting go of self-delusion is the hardest thing of all to let go of.
A useful exit might be to ask if it’s working, or to ask what if the opposite is true for a minute or two.
Self-delusion becomes a habit fast, yet everybody knows that it’s not the habit.
It’s the user.
“Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.” – Napoleon Hill
“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffet
What decides what you feel?
If not you, you know what you must.
But that doesn’t mean that you’ll do it because knowing what you must do doesn’t make you a better person.
Your actions do.
If the marketplace sees something of value, perhaps they’re right. And if they aren’t, you are free to develop the empathy to understand what’s missing in your story about what you do or how you do it.
Marketing to others begins with marketing to yourself.
Should self-deception be rocket fuel to achieve your goals, it might be worth accepting it for a while, provided you remember that your ability to fool yourself disables your ability to create generous and useful work in the long run.
A delusional trance will eat away at your confidence and serenity.
I’m not saying it’s easy to see yourself as others do. All I’m saying is perhaps they’re onto something.
Words don’t make sense
To assume words make sense presupposes that they have the organs required.
I’ve looked at words from both sides now.
Based on my research, the one with the freedom to feel, to smell, to hear, to touch, to taste, and to see — the sensational one — is you.
Freedom not used is freedom lost
The ones that want you to not use the freedom you’re given are the ones that have been telling the world’s most successful lie for thousands of years and continue to do so as we speak because their business model depends on it.
“When you see a difference between the guidebook and the bird, believe the bird.” – Tara Brach
Unlike Tara Brach, those who read only one book want you to believe the truth is in a copy of that book, to each their own.
Many have been and continue to be beheaded, tortured and — less frequent these days — burned at stakes, the subject matter quite well known.
I don’t have to say it, but I say it anyway, Galileo saved his head by declaring that the same divinity that gifts each of us with the freedom to sense isn’t the same divinity that wants us to leave the gift unopened until it is too late.
The sensational one
The sensational one — the one with the organs — is you.
Each of your organs’ senses — feel, smell, hear, touch, taste, and see — can be duped by optical illusions and virtual realities. There are many ways to do this.
Most of what can be seen, heard, and known, you do not see, hear, or know.
But if you have any reaction to fake news, only the word-master that invented it will be happy.