You don’t know who you are. You lie about it, you make up s-h-i-t, but there is not a you that you consistently are.
Landmark Education (and I think other coaches and companies as well) decided that who you are needs to be invented.
But all this invention, all this creation is on the top of an undifferentiated mess of stuff you don’t want to look at. So, whatever people in Landmark invent as themselves doesn’t last long, and has to be repeated, ad nauseum. People need to remind themselves… but that is obvious:
If you know who you are, you don’t need to be reminded of it.
Sometimes I sit on a topic for days before I have the courage to write an article about it.
Why do I need courage, you ask? Because some topics go so much against the current power structure, that you can get ostracized, killed, deported… and only when one is clear and willing to take on those punishments, that one will be willing to open their mouths.
None of us is an island, and in our quest to carve out a meaningful life, we encounter resistance. Often a lot, even more often, from people who “should” be on our side. Sometimes that person disagreeing with you is is me… if you are one of my students.
The question is: how are you going to be? Who are you going to be? Are there any tricks that make it easier than it is to live life in a sea of disagreements?
This is an article partially rewritten by me. It is from Rob Brezsny from his book, Pronoia… with my notes, annotations…
He describes, through the “apocalypse” the relationship between the pedestrian (driftwood) way of living and the living on the higher floors… pretty much what I teach… Although his language is a lot more lofty, a lot more “spiritual,” but he expresses what I am trying to say, maybe better than I do.