Who Is The Individual? | #Perspective | #Conformity | #SocialEngineering | #Mindset

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.”
— James Fenimore Cooper

ExitingTheMatrix
BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
May 6, 2019

Earlier today, I was asked, “How many versions of you are there?”  It’s a great question, so let’s explore it.

Which version reflects me best: am I the person that loves to write, or the person that loves to dance?  Am I someone who loves living life to the fullest, or the shy person that retreats within himself many a time?  Am I the person that’s written most love poems in my life while listening to Eminem songs, or am I the person that’s written most dark poems while listening to songs from Britney Spears?  Am I the person that has no tattoos, or the person that plans on getting at least 7 of them?  Am I someone who loves to have conversations, or am I someone who prefers reading a book?  Am I the person that loves to read the night away, dance the night away, or talk the night away with someone?  Am I the person that has that enjoys dance music, or classical music?  Am I a person that is mindful, or am I someone who lacks mindfulness?  Am I the book cover, or am I the book?

I am all that, and more.  Every single individual has a lot more range than most people realize.

Let’s dive deeper into this conundrum.

The question, “How many versions of you are there?” has two inherent and crucial assumptions.

First amongst these is the fact that there must only be one ‘version’ of you – that you as an individual must fit within a box.  This is the very definition of conformity.

Ask yourself this: why must there be just one version of any single individual out there?  Are individuals not boundless by nature?  Aren’t the limits individuals carry around as baggage (whether societal imposed or personally imposed) detrimental?  Why would anyone limit themselves in any way shape or form?

The second inherent assumption is the fact that you are not the book, you are the book cover.

If you are seen as a ‘book cover’ and not as a book, what would that mean?  That would mean that if someone finds you crying because something is incredibly painful, you might be labeled “Emo”.  But, is that the version of the person?  Isn’t it a little shortsighted to judge someone based on only one event, one instance?

What if the person is incredibly happy, would the same apply?  Would that happy person only ever be happy and never be sad, or depressed, or frustrated?  Of course not.

Seeing any single individual from only one color from the full spectrum is seeing them in an incredibly narrow way, no matter who it is.  In fact, it is my contention that this is the reason that people sell themselves short, because they are not expected to have a lot of range.

Individuals are simply expected to fit within societal cookie-cutter molds, and if you don’t fit into these worlds, you are (1) labeled a black sheep, (2) treated in an askance matter, (3) looked down upon, (4) made fun of, (5) ridiculed, so on and so forth.

Countless conversations with individuals have taught me that people are who they choose to beBut who they choose to be is based incredibly around how they have been taught to see themselves, whether by family, school or society.

Such is the world we live in, and individuals – every single one of us – have to be cognizant of this.

Always remember, seeing someone as merely a book cover, is missing out on them as a book; it is missing out on the full range that this individual contains.

It is in that range that we get to see individuals for who they truly are, and it is in this range where people bond the strongestbecause they get to see the deeper aspects of themselves and others in ways most never even contemplate.

And isn’t that what life is about, contemplation, bonding, meaningful relationships, and more?  How is that ever supposed to happen if people are only judged by their appearances, as a veritable book cover?

Book covers will never tell the whole story, only books can; narrow versions of individuals will never offer the full range of that person, only an individual operating in their true boundless nature can.

And that true boundless nature is You.

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Suggested Reading:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
Never Underestimate The Power Of Imagination, The Power Of Dropping Seeds
The Artist & The Trance Of Inspiration
Stranger On The Moon
The Spectrum Of Balance
Wings Are Made To Fly, Seeds Are Made To Grow
Breakaway Individuals Throughout History: The Individuals, The Trailblazers & You
Why A Sound Mindset Is Crucial: The Light Side Of Mindset Vs. The Dark Side Of Mindset
Mindset Mindset Mindset!
A Sound Mindset Amidst The Obstacles Of Life
Mindwaves & Mindfulness
Modern Misteps Meet Mindfulness
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
How You Deposit A Truckload Of Black Pearls Into An Emotional Bank Account
How Are Your (Emotional) Bank Accounts Doing?
Emotional Bank Accounts: Investing In Yourself
Emotional Bank Accounts: Withdraw Withdraw Withdraw!
Emotional Bank Accounts: Mutual Funds
Emotional Bank Accounts: Trust
Emotional Bank Accounts: Dividends
Emotional Bank Accounts: Large Scale Withdraws
Emotional Bank Accounts: Deposits & Withdraws
Emotional Bank Accounts: Mutual Investments
Emotional Bank Accounts: Interest Rates
Emotional Bank Accounts: Gems Gems Gems, Babies Everywhere!
Emotional Bank Accounts: I Call Your 7 Cents & Raise You A Dollar
Emotional Bank Accounts: Account Closures
Emotional Bank Accounts: Anonymous Donations
How You Deposit A Truckload Of Black Pearls Into An Emotional Bank Account
How Are Your (Emotional) Bank Accounts Doing?
Poker & Life: Pulling The Friend’s Card
Poker & Life: The Comfort Card
Poker & Life: Pulling The Mask Card
Imagination Unleashed
The Inherent Power Of Curiosity
A 7 Cent Investment Into An Emotional Bank Account To Convert A Hater?
What Do You Find Inspiring?
Poker FlashBack: Swimming With Sharks, Swimming With Whales
Imagination Rises Out Of The Jaws Of Defeat
What’s Your Story?
Infusing Energy Into The Individual
You The Individual Are Author Of Your Own Journey, Of Your Own Destiny
Harry Potter Fans Trash Talk?  Say WHAT?!
Consciously Creating The Road Of Change, The World Of Tomorrow
What Are Your Personal Defaults?
A World Of Grays
Mindfulness, Loss & Friendship
The Opening Salvo, The First Minute
The Seeds Of Today, The World Of Tomorrow
Assumptions Are Mother Of All F@!$ Ups
Piercing Perspectives #1: Taking Things For Granted | Health & Mindset
Piercing Perspectives #2: You The Individual Are Extraordinary
Piercing Perspectives #3: The Divide & Conquer Left Right Paradigm
Piercing Perspectives #4: Poker As A Mirror For Life
The Individual, The Foundation Of Society

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If you find value in this information, feel free to share it.  This article is free and open source.  All individuals have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Zy Marquiez and  BreakawayIndividual.com

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About The Author:

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.

#Quote Of The Day – #Collectivism | #Individuality | #Conformity

“Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to the ‘society,’ to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests.”
– Ayn Rand

Seeds Make Forests, Wings Make Storms | #Obstacles | #Life | #Writing | #Poetry | #Relationships


BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 15, 2019

Fair bit of warning, this is going to be the longest write-up I have done on this blog by far so if any of you wish to skip it, by all means go right ahead.  The reason for this is what I am going to discuss has a direct bearing on me personally, my writing, this blog, and the future.  Where sometimes I would usually make a blog post about ‘The Individual’ and them following their dreams, here it is me that’s ‘the individual’ in a sense, given that the very thing I’ve been writing about, which is an individual choosing to follow their dreams (or trying to at least) is kind of taking place to a degree in my life, though is still far from being realized.

All of the above and what follows will junction with something that happened last night with my Ol Lady.  Though almost all my friends (whether old or new ones) know I’m married, it’s not something I talk about often.  This is because of threats that took place to her and other loved ones a while ago and whether I liked it or not its something I had to take seriously as I’m sure some people would understand.  This is also why I rarely mention any family members at all.

Before this circumstance I was a person that valued privacy to a great degree; after that it went to a whole ‘nother level by orders of magnitude, which is why it led to me using various pen names on accounts on certain websites.  With the incredible rise in the data-mining by the government and corporations, having merely one account is not something I’ve never seen as too sensible.  That plus having multiple accounts on Facebook for instance helps circumvent censorship, which is growing more and more by the day.

I am saying this because those issues as well as others has led me to be incredibly careful when using people’s names on this blog.  On this website, many times I will talk about a scenario that really did take place, but I won’t mention the names of these friends or acquaintances for the above reasons and so on, unless I have asked them directly; or in some of these posts, these individuals are unknown to me in which case I don’t think its appropriate to use their names.  It’s really nobody’s business who I talk about unless that person doesn’t really mind.  Plus, it’s the key lessons in myriad scenarios which si what I am attempting to focus on more.

More importantly though, I want to be incredibly precise with this post because if I end up writing a scenario about ‘people’ without naming names (like happened when I was talking about something that happened to my Mom just recently), there’s a possibility it could be misread as something completely different.  Hopefully not though because nothing that’s ever been posted on this website has been to ill-intent.

This website from the get go has been about (1) empowering individuals, (2) bringing resources so individuals may continue education in a self-directed fashion, (3) sharing reviews of intriguing books that hold a lot of  depth and wisdom in them, (4) sharing documentaries/presentations/podcasts of intriguing information that doesn’t get enough coverage in mainstream circles, and at times in alternative circles, while (5) also sharing information from time to time on the Breakaway Civilization.  There’s also (6) motivational blogs, (7) mindset posts, (8) emotional bank account posts, (9) intriguing quotes, and numerous other subjects.  But irrespective of all that, it all goes back to ‘The Individual’ – every single person out there, which is why the title of the blog is called ‘BreakawayIndividual’.[1]

With that long-winded preamble out of the way, let’s get down to it.  The underlying themes of this whole blog post are (1) chasing your dreams, (2) balance or imbalance within an individual (myself in this case) and (3) relationships.

There’s a lot of circumstances, or perhaps synchronicities is a better term, that have led to me as an individual to be at this current fork in the road of life.  Many things that have happened the last few years or so that seemed random at the time totally weren’t.  Each of them has led me exactly here.  I will only discuss 3 of these, though there’s a LOT of them of myriad types.

The first of these was the fortuitous thing that happened after moving, which was that my health got considerably better.  Nowhere near 100%, not even close, but leaps and bounds ahead of what took place before that.  Once that happened, I was able to get out of the house.  While this might not sound like a big deal, it’s a HUGE deal because for years due to my health I couldn’t be out of the house for too long, if at all, maybe 30 minutes tops if that if I took a lot of meds.  I don’t know what changed after moving, and I do have my suspicions, but it matters not, change happened and I was incredibly grateful I had a chance to get out of the house.  I wasted no time to begin going to the gym right after that, and slowly got my weight from under 120s or so to where I am now.

The second of these instances regards a video that I wasn’t even looking for but got on a total misclick that discussed people facing their fears.  One of my main fears was meeting people.  Not that I have trouble talking to people after a conversation starts, but just becoming confident and not worrying about inconsequential things when trying to initiate the interaction with anybody, regardless of age, sex, nationality, background, etc.  Anyhow, keeping in mind many of the tenets of the video, the more I tried getting out of my comfort zone, the better it went, and the more and more people I met which only made the experience much more meaningful.  That’s helped me an incredible amount, more so than I ever imagined.  Before you know it, I got to know over 50 or more people by first name at the gym, and significant details about every single one of them.  That would have never happened in the past, because I just would have been (1) too introverted, also (2) lacked the confidence while (3) feeling too inadequate because my perception of myself was that of the person that was sick months before that, and it took a very long time to get over that bump.

The third most significant thing that happened was that I began sharing poems on Instagram.  The irony about that is that it wasn’t my idea at all.  In fact, for a few months I fought my friend over not using the platform at all.  Though I had an account that I didn’t use for years, it never appealed to me.  I obviously didn’t know people wrote poetry until I began using it a couple of weeks into this year.  If I would have known THAT I would have been sharing things on there for years.  One Saturday (that’s the day we used to have business meetings) he hammered away at me for nigh 2 hours until he convinced finally convinced me.

The plan?  I almost laugh at this irony, what was the plan?  The plan was….to use Instagram for….wait for it…wait for it….business.  I almost want to laugh hysterically because that didn’t work out at all, not even close.  That was because on a random whim I decided to check to see if one of my favorite modern poets shared things on there and voila.  If that was it, that would be one thing.  I was already enjoying that unknown aspect of the platform.  What came after was just a tsunami the likes of which I never saw coming.  I didn’t realize hundreds and hundreds of people shared poetry there.  Not. One.  Bit.  I felt like I had found a place where I could share poetry publicly again.  I had been writing privately for years, or in some little nooks and cranies of the internet under different aliases, but nowhere that I saw so many people doing the same thing.  I found a place that I could call home when it came to poetry.

In the past I attempted to share on Facebook, it just wasn’t the same thing, not even close.  Not that it can’t be done, it totally can, it just has a different feel.  WordPress is great, and that’s why I share poetry on here as well.  Now I’m on both platforms since I enjoy them the most, though I default to WordPress more since there’s simply more you can write more on here than you can there.  That said, each platform has its strengths and weaknesses, but I still enjoy both.

Why share that prior (long) story?  Because all of those circumstances, and more are leading me towards growing as a writer faster than I’ve ever grown before.

With all this in mind, my love and passion for writing, research, reviews and poetry is causing friction in my relationship with my wife, though not in a way that people might think.  For starters, we’ve been together going on 13 years, and married going on 8.  I say this for context because its not like ‘chasing your dreams’ is as simple as it might seem at first blush.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t want too, but that will be discussed later.

The first few years, our relationship meandered in the usual run-of-the-mill relationship where you kind of go through the motions, but it was akin to a ship being above water merely because of how its built, though it wasn’t being was not going anywhere.  One time, I’m not sure what changed, or what happened, but one day everything changed drastically.  Years later we were each entirely different people and had both grown more than we thought we ever could.  This is mentioned because there’s been mutual support the whole way – its been a two-way road from the get go.  That’s one significant component that makes this incredibly difficult, its not like she wants me not to write, she loves that I am doing it, and she loves how far I’ve come.

That said, there’s a direct correlation between me chasing my dream, and this current problem.  It’s not that we’re not spending enough time together, we do, I would say more so than the average couple.  I COULD be wrong on this though.  That said, we each get to make our schedules, and I work in the morning and at night, using the middle of the day for the gym and lots of online work/writing/reading/research, but I’m home when she gets home nigh always unless I decided to write for a couple of hours on the weekend or randomly [2].  The thing is, we both got used to me being home literally 24/7 since I was home bound for years, but those circumstances were tough for myriad reasons.  Now, since I’m healthy enough to be outside the house, I hesitate not to head outside and experience life that way, though I admittedly glued to writing a lot of the time, that’s just what I love doing.  All of this has helped my growth as a person greatly, and when that is coupled with my health progressing and my writing, I know I am growing at an incredible rate.

But the confluence of circumstances, which is now being led by writing and this blog, is causing friction in our relationship.  It’s not like we argue or even yell or anything like that, its never been that way.  We have had our moments when we ‘fill our quota’ for the month after we disagree on something, but it’s never been anything we couldn’t overcome.  Right now though, this is a fairly big deal.

This part of our discussion went into one thing she did mention that I disagreed with her with, and that was that she said the problem was a small one.  I disagreed and told her it’s not merely small problem because anything that makes a relationship suffer even a little bit is a big fu#@ing problem.  That’s just how I see it.  And I use the word suffer deliberately, not because I want to blow anything out of proportion, but I can tell its affecting her greatly.  It’s not a “you’re spending too much time with the boys” kind of thing, though I do spend time with friends at times, its definitely a writing issue. The issue is affecting us nonetheless.

Let’s take a quick side bar for a moment.  Years ago I saw someone make a youtube video about balance, or specifically, imbalance.   To boil down his argument, he was stating that sometimes the only way to get what you need is to be out of balance somewhere in your life.  Though I understood where he was going with it, the issue has never applied to me (that I know of) until now.  Not unlike working extra overtime (sacrificing time elsewhere) at a job for you to go on a vacation, save money, buy a car, buy a house, invest, etc.

Last night it just clicked.  My growth as a writer has been directly proportional to how ‘out of balance’ certain things are in a way.

As far as arguments/discussion go, neither of us are mad, not even close.  I told her I wish the problem was a simple as I just got drunk on a weekend with some hookers and screwed up big, she laughed.  Of course I said it in jest because that’s an easy problem to solve with me getting kicked to the curb.  This issue really isn’t though.

Curiously enough, she said that the solution to this problem isn’t black or white.  This is ironic because for months I’ve been writing (sometimes publicly, sometimes privately) about me living in a world of grays and I couldn’t help but to think of those poems and so on.  There really isn’t a clear answer though.

How does one as an individual handle an issue where the best solution would be giving up the biggest dream you ever had?  Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying she’s asking this.  In fact, that’s what makes it worse.  She isn’t.  If anything she loves what I do and is incredibly supportive about every single thing.  In fact, she even said that though my health isn’t perfect, it’s a lot better than it has been in many years, and she’s glad we’re having this problem and I agreed.

Why would we both be glad about this problem manifesting?  Because without being healthy I wouldn’t be here, and without that I wouldn’t have subjected myself to the circumstances that have led me to grow as a person and a writer.

With all that in mind, I am really uncertain of what the best option is.

Some of the possibilities are (1) I could simply quit writing, but boy would this hurt.  But I am one to consider every possibility, so there’s that.  Or (2) I could write less, but still, that’s almost worst than the first one since the first one at least you’re done writing.  The second one is like being in perpetual foreplay.  The agony would make me die.  I think I rather swim in an ocean of gasoline for eternity than not be able to write to the fullest extent.  The next option is (3) to simply become a better multi-tasker and ‘add’ more time somehow.  Don’t even ask me how that makes sense, it’s just an idea.  I just mention it because sometimes there’s significant time drains that people have and maybe cutting back in some of them could help greatly.  There’s probably more options but my mind is total mush at this moment.

Another significant thing that’s noteworthy is that sometimes you get inspiration as an artist, writer, poet, painter, etc., and when that happens you just steamroll through ‘work’.  For instance, in an example of reverse-inspiration, my Mom was hospitalized days ago and I’ve been writing dark poetry profusely ever since.  Writing in that case is a huge venting mechanism.

The irony of that bit is that as far as my poetry goes, I’ve never written anything like what I am writing now   I mean, I’ve written about darkness since I was a teenager, but never with the speed and precision that I am doing now.  Though I should be ‘grateful’ that I am growing as a writer, I don’t like that my growth is at the expense of my Mom’s health.  I am probably seeing the circumstance incorrectly, and my gut is saying I am, I just mention that because it’s the first thing that’s popped in my mind.  Obviously my Mom being hurt isn’t directly causing my growth as a writer, it just feels that way.  If I could reverse it and have her not go through what she did I’d take that and dump my progress in a nanosecond.  It is what it is though.

The point is that, those type of instances in which a writer ends up getting ‘in the zone’ can be incredibly random at times, and that’s wholly unplanned.  How do you not take advantage of that.  It’s like the equivalent of doing 16 hours a work in a day AND feeling fantastic after that ready to go another round.  For instance, just yesterday, on a random nudge I got in IG to figure out what poem I was going to post next.  I just happen to run into an account I’ve never seen before, and bam, there it goes again, it was like I was in a trance.  I knocked out over a dozen poems that were complete in about 30 minutes.  It was as effortless as breathing.  But those moment sometimes come at a cost, and I am wholly uncertain at how to tackle this issue.

I only mention everything because all these instances have brought me here, now, to total imbalance (in a way).  Where that leads, I know not.  I honestly have not the faintest idea.  I just find it ironic once again, that for weeks I’ve been writing about people taking journeys, following their dreams, so on and so forth, but not under the guise that it would be me since as far as I was concerned I’ve already laid the foundation for it with this very blog.  What I didn’t expect is my rapid growth, at a much greater rate than has ever taken place and that actually getting to this current issue.

Paradoxically, even with all the writing I’m doing I honestly can do a lot more but I haven’t been for myriad reasons.  And I haven’t even tried painting like I did once!  I love painting, but it doesn’t love me, let’s just leave it at that.  We’re on a current hiatus.  The point is that I still want to do more research, more reviews, more poems, it matters not.  Just haven’t done that since it’s such a commitment doing so much anyways.  It is a dream of mine to do all that and more.  Not even for the money but for the passion and love for it.  Moreover, what WOULD happen if I end up doing that?  I don’t even want to consider the thought.

I’m not going to pretend that this will be solved in a day, or weeks, or months.  I can tell I’m at a crossroads, that’s not hard to see.  I never thought I’d do poker, I never thought I’d run and operate businesses and I sure as hell never thought I’d ever consider to seriously write (not for money since writers don’t make much, but as a hobby or passion) and yet here we are.  Heck, I never thought I would get healthy again, and that happened (THANK goodness).

What do you do when life is going great, but there’s a fork in the road and you’re unsure where to go?  More importantly, what do you do when either path you take means giving something else up that means the world to you?

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[1] This is not only to serve as a name for historical figures that were far ahead of other individuals, but also for individuals to ‘breakaway’ themselves from the system that wishes to harvest their ever penny, ounce of energy and more.

[2] This is one issue that was already touched upon, but I will mention it again because its important: sometimes individuals of an artistic nature end up getting inspired about the most random things, and then BAM! You’re in the zone.  With me personally, this could be as spontaneous as staring at a random pond (not even kidding) to the most seemingly inconsequential things like a paper airplane.  When those instances take place, it’s like all the Muses in the world just super-charged your being and put you on the clock to crank out your best work.  But the downside of this is that it can be incredibly random which is the unfortunate part about it.

[3] For what it’s worth, regarding the title, the ‘seeds’ are the poems, and the ‘wings’ is the writing.

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Suggested Reading:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
Stranger On The Moon
Wings Are Made To Fly, Seeds Are Made To Grow
Why A Sound Mindset Is Crucial: The Light Side Of Mindset Vs. The Dark Side Of Mindset
Mindset Mindset Mindset!
A Sound Mindset Amidst The Obstacles Of Life
Mindwaves & Mindfulness
Modern Misteps Meet Mindfulness
How You Deposit A Truckload Of Black Pearls Into An Emotional Bank Account
How Are Your (Emotional) Bank Accounts Doing?
Emotional Bank Accounts: Mutual Funds
Emotional Bank Accounts: Deposits & Withdraws
Emotional Bank Accounts: Gems Gems Gems, Babies Everywhere!
Emotional Bank Accounts: I Call Your 7 Cents & Raise You A Dollar
Poker & Life: Pulling The Friend’s Card
Imagination Unleashed
The Inherent Power Of Curiosity
A 7 Cent Investment Into An Emotional Bank Account To Convert A Hater?
What Do You Find Inspiring?
Poker FlashBack: Swimming With Sharks, Swimming With Whales
Imagination Rises Out Of The Jaws Of Defeat
What’s Your Story?
You The Individual Are Author Of Your Own Journey, Of Your Own Destiny
Harry Potter Fans Trash Talk?  Say WHAT?!
Consciously Creating The Road Of Change, The World Of Tomorrow
What Are Your Personal Defaults?
The Opening Salvo, The First Minute
The Seeds Of Today, The World Of Tomorrow
Assumptions Are Mother Of All F@!$ Ups
Piercing Perspectives #1: Taking Things For Granted | Health & Mindset
Piercing Perspectives #2: You The Individual Are Extraordinary
Piercing Perspectives #3: The Divide & Conquer Left Right Paradigm
Piercing Perspectives #4: Poker As A Mirror For Life
The Individual, The Foundation Of Society

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If you find value in this information, feel free to share it.  This article is free and open source.  All individuals have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Zy Marquiez and  BreakawayIndividual.com

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About The Author:

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.

The Individual & The Road | #Growth | #Life | #Perspective | #Choices

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 12, 2019

Life is a journey in myriad ways.  What journey each individual takes is a personal choice, but choices abound.

Just like life offers you no choice whether you get to play the game of life, life offers you no choice whether to be on a path or not.  Each of us are taking individual steps towards a specific bearing, in a particular direction, on a certain path.  Each breath we take, each step we take, paves the current road we undertake, and the road that will forge itself ahead.

Whether individuals wish to take a literal journey (traveling to lands unknown), a spiritual journey (going to spiritual locales), a metaphorical journey (by reading a book or playing a video game), an imaginative journey (be creating a new path, a new journey) or something else, the choices are varied and intriguing as they are vast in scope.

Each path offers a drastically different adventure, not unlike what the great books of our past offered.  Timeless books such as The Lord Of The Rings, The Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, The Odyssey, Paradise Lost, The Aeneid, and countless others, all offer a veritable quest under which the protagonist goes on the road of life, the personal journey.  These roads taken, these journeys, mirror that of individuals in fictional form.

It is my contention that individuals gravitate towards these stories and myriad others because these mirror some of the more profound truths of life while wrapped in a journey of self-discovery that is always interesting to sink one’s mind into.  That said, some of these truths on the road to self-discovery are aided by a character that is rarely is ever considered.

One could argue that this journey of self-discovery is aided by the most significant character you as an individual will encounter on the open road: the road itself.

Lord Of The Rings features the idea of the Road as a character in salient fashion.

In fact, Frodo opines on this notion in the Lord of the Rings, where he cautiously recalls what Bilbo sought to impart:

“[Bilbo] used often to say there was only one Road; that it was a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary.  “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door,” he used to say.  “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”[1]

Not unlike cautioning contact with a stranger, the main lesson Bilbo wished to impart on Frodo was that there was more to ‘the Road’ than it seems at first blush.

To this end, in his noteworthy book, On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road Of Virtue With Tolkien & Lewis, author Louis Markos Ph.D. states:

“…the Road has a life of its own.  It winds, bends, and turns in a thousand directions, ever ready to trap or mislead the unwary traveler.  To set your feet to the Road is indeed a dangerous business, not only on account of the obstacles that you face along the way, but because the Road is akin to a living thing with which you must relate, struggle, and negotiate.  It draws and lures you, tests and challenges you, either punishing or rewarding you for your troubles.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

Maybe the above notion is perhaps why certain individuals – like myself at times – have been reticent at at certain points to participate in certain journeys, whatever those may be.  Perhaps deep down inside, this Road is life itself acting and showing us lessons, while being active because life by its very definition is aliveAn interesting proposition to consider.

Perhaps it is fear of engaging with a greater something, something more significant.  Fear is what held me back many times in life, and perhaps it was fear of ‘the Road’ – the journey; a possible derivative of life.

Side bar: there are many personal journeys of myriad types that I either did not engage in, and some of which I have chosen to take, though not always of my own accord initially.  The commonalities each set of choices share is that those journeys I took, irrespective of what paths they were, always made me grow as a person.  Conversely, the paths I did not take always left me feeling as if something unexplored withered to the sands of time.

Each of us individuals have paths we take, stories we live, and a future to unravel.  What future that is will be highly dependent on what journey we undertake, and that’s saliently dependent upon whether we are open-minded to possibilities, or close-minded.

As individuals, each of us is not unlike Bilbo, where he was incredibly guarded of the Road.  This could be because, deep down inside, at the being level, we must face something we have never faced before – ourselves – just as Luke Skywalker did in the cave.

Getting back on course, on this very notion of the Road, Markos notes:

“Since the Odyssey, nearly every epic hero has had to face at some point in his journey-quest the archetypal Descent into the Underworld.  In the case of Virgil’s Aenid, Aeneas enters the realm of Hades as a grieving and defeated Trojan, but emerges as the Father of the Roman Empire.  In the case of Dante’s Inferno, Dante enters the yawning pit of Hell as a confused and despairing pilgrim who has lost his way, but emerges as a renewed believer who his regained his purpose, vision and calling.”[3]

These two examples show the development a character, an individual, may undergo under such a path.  This is because:

“It is dangerous thing to walk out your door, but without risk there is no real development, no self-knowledge, no awareness of the choices that one must make.”[4]

Without going on a personal quest, on a journey of this magnitude, there is no significant growth.

And isn’t that one of the ideas life is about, growth, the personal evolution of the individual?

Consider that the Road was incredibly important to Tolkien.  Given its significance, Tolkien deliberately chooses to show the road in the very first chapter of Lord Of The Rings:

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can.”(I.i.35)

“Far ahead the Road has gone,” implying the Road is alive, just like life.

To hammer-down the point, Tolkien anchors the road, anchors his book in the closing chapter, sprinkling a newfound vision of what the road offers:

“Still round the corner they may wait
A new road or a secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths
that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”[6][Bold Emphasis Added]

“A day will come at last when I shall take the hidden paths”.  Paths that that aren’t readily discovered but are there; paths that are waiting for discovery by the individual.

All the answers lie within those two poems, all the answers lie within the road – within life itself.

Whatever road you – the individual – choose to take will ultimately give you a broader view of the possibilities that life offers, the possibilities that your personal quest holds.

Regardless, hidden paths await; roads of self-discovery, roads of growth.

Personal roads that can only be walked by you the individual.

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Footnotes:

[1] Louis Markos Ph.D., On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road Of Virtue With Tolkien & Lewis, quoted from Lord Of The Rings, p. (I.iii.72).
[2] Ibid., pp. 41-42.
[3] Ibid., pp. 45-46.
[4] Ibid., pg. 44.
[5] Ibid., p. 59, quoted from Lord Of The Rings, p. (I.i.35).
[6] Ibid., p. 59, quoted from Lord Of The Rings, p. (VI.ix.1005).

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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.

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