April 3, 2019
How do you see yourself? I’m not certain I have ever directly asked anybody that question. Perhaps, iterations of it, but not in that manner that I can recall.
Why is that relevant? Because our perception of ourselves – perception in general – has many reverberating effects.
If you see yourself as someone who destroys obstacles, you’ll steamroll through them without a second thought. If you see yourself as someone whose progress is always hindered by a speed bump, then the lightest of breezes might send you off kilter, just like a tornado would. Extreme examples no doubt, but they serve to illustrate a point that is best brought about by the following quote by Henry Ford:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Which is merely an iteration of Shakespeare’s resounding:
“To be or not to be.”
Or Yoda’s famous words:
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
Translation: you are, or you are not; your perception is one idea, or another.
I ask you again: how do you see yourself? What are you choosing to see within yourself, how do you see yourself at the being level, deep down inside? What is your perspective?
The perspective – the mindset – under which you see yourself, will tailor every step you take in life. This has the potential of many reverberating effects, not only for you, but for others. You come first though, because without you the individual, there is no society.
Perspective is key. A perspective of possibilities, or a perspective of obstacles; a perspective of can and will; or a perspective of can’t and won’t. What perspective, what mindset you choose, is ultimately your choice.
With perspective and mindset in mind, an incredibly fascinating take on individuals is carried out by an intellectual juggernaut in his own right, C.S. Lewis in his “The Weight Of Glory.” Lewis states that:
“It is a serious thing to live a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of those overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life o fa gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”[Bold & Underline Emphasis Added].[Bold & Underline Emphasis Added].
A fascinating take on individuals to boot. A powerful echo from the past with an “I can” drenched all over it. In fact, such is the power of an individual in the above statement, that Lewis even cautions to the power that individuals have.
Lewis’ most salient point is that, “There are no ordinary people.” That statement centers upon mindset and perspective. You – every single one reading this page, as well as those not doing so – are not ordinary at all. Each of us individuals has the power to change ourselves, to change circumstances, to change lives, to spawn change.
It is a consideration that should be ruminated upon a length, because the path you have paved, the path you are paving, and the path you will pave – the journey you ultimately undertake – in life will be mirror of the perspectives you hold, and the mindset you employ with ever step you take.
One thing history teaches us is that civilization rise and fall. The reason civilization has risen over time, as it has over millennia, is due to mindset and perspective those civilization employed. Since civilizations are composed of individuals, civilization rises and falls with the individual and their inherent mindsets.
What’s more, civilization rises and fall, with You.
 Peter Kreeft Ph.D., Making Choices, pp. 217-218. Quoted from C.S. Lewis’ “The Weight Of Glory”.
 This passage by Lewis is a very extreme dichotomy, but one that showcases the latitude under which individuals can and have been seen through history, be them religious figures, politicians, kings, queens, emperors, intellectuals, philosophers, writers, artists, warriors, et al. The light cast by this passage allows for the grasping of things that cannot be seen behind the veil that history poses, by the very fact that there is only so much we can know about history. And yet, the analogies he uses show possibilities as to why individuals chose to do what they did through the full breadth and scope in history, and why some individuals are incredibly exalted, while others pushed to the opposite of that spectrum.
 It goes without saying, individuals have, do, and will continue to change the course of history. How this plays out will be all due to the mindset employed. Of course, mindset isn’t the only ingredient, but it is an integral component that helps pave the course of history much more so than most realize. Therefore its vital for individuals to have a strong mindset, as the action taken by each individual has a powerfully resounding effect, and it should be ruminated upon greatly.
Feel free to let me know what you think of the subject in the comments below, whether you agree or disagree. All opinions are welcome. There is not a one-size-fits-all here, not at all, not even close. What is shared is merely shared to encourage thought and consideration.
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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.