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Dejay Davison

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We're not using the right side of our brains! (enough)

Before I write anything, I feel it wise to state i'm only 17.
I like to feel as if i'm talking on behalf of my teens, but I don't know for sure..
No, I don't have a piece of paper stating i'm intelligent - I don't even wear shoes.
I'm not a psychologist or a neuroscientist; but I'd rather read, write or run then talk to other humans, being young I don't think I've quiet had the opportunity to 'find my kind' yet.
As I've grown up, I've watched my teenage contemporaries chase desires that some greedy intellectual has created.
I've watched them direct their emotional insecurities into a facaded product of media.
I've watched insidious piles of information and influence uncontrollably seep into their consciousness, deprecating their talents, passions and potential.
I observe.. quietly yet torturously as my fellow teens live; completely oblivious to the world that narrows their perception, and kills their ambition, subtly encourages apathy and evilly feeds off their ignorance.
This 'new world' hasn't been around for long right?
No one has taught us. No one IS teaching us, to be aware, to know of it.
We are being drowned in information and starved for knowledge.
What hurts the most, is that it's found upon, and nurtures ego and greed.
I feel as if the months of pain and self education has lead to such a simple conclusion.
We're bought up in a world that predominantly focuses on the development of the left brain right?
I think we need to begin raising awareness to this influence, nurturing a protective psychological construct to barrier this bombardment of 'junk information' subtly yet evidently manipulating our consciousness.
I believe through my own lively experience, and the many books I have read that we need to start nurturing the development of our left and right brains EVENLY.

We need coalescence of reductionism, and holism.
I feel this is the answer.. (r)evolution.

My wee project


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    Gail . 50+

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    Oct 26 2012: I have found that humans do not know who and what they are. We are taught, from an early age, to look outwards to gather information. By having this imposed upon us, most never learn that if they look inwards, there is much information to be garnered, and it is that inner-based information that is able to provide the most satisfaction.

    For example: I have discovered that when I have a strong emotion, I am maintaining an irrational or invalid belief. What does this mean? Say that I am angry at you. As explained in the first video, if all of my information comes from what I see you doing, as filtered through the left hemisphere, my anger seems very rational. But when I put myself in a peaceful and unemotional place, I can also see the belief that causes me to emote as I do.

    The belief will "appear" rational, but when I am in that peaceful, non-judgmental place, I can see that what I perceive is a mirror image of what I believe. As I cleaned out my belief system using this method, I found that my most prevalent erroneous beliefs were: "I am vulnerable", "It is your responsibility to make me happy", and "who and what I am is encased in a body".

    As I paid more attention to my internal processes (something that is never taught in schools), I discover that I was doing a lot of thinking, emoting, and feeling without even being aware of it. As I learned how to be disciplined in what I was thinking and emoting, I was able to see how my thoughts and emotions were causing me to behave in ways that did not serve me well. I was also able to see how my "feelings" are a universal language, and they have much wisdom to share with me - IF I PAY ATTENTION TO THEM.

    We are told that we live in a mechanical reality. I see reality as being more organic (holistic) in nature. Some people, like you, are wise enough to recognize this.

    I'm very impressed with your post. Thank you for sharing
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      Oct 26 2012: Thank you for your thoughts!
      They are wonderful and full of wisdom :)

      I agree - it seems we are trained to be good citizens over being good people.

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