February 27, 2017
“We acquire strength we have overcome.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
– George Bernard Shaw
It seems that no matter where one ventures in life, no matter where one attempt to make berth, there’s always going to be obstacles in the way. Sometimes, these obstacles can be overcome with perseverance and determination. Other times, it is not so simple.
Whether it is family, work, business, school, relationships, it seems that each of these areas always has something to offer for growth that keeps us on our toes, although many times we might not see it, or even want to come to terms with it.
Living in a society in which governments overlook freedoms, schools overlook education, businesses overlook quality, the medical establishment overlooks health, religion overlooks morality, it’s no wonder many people disappointed with what life has to offer. In great part, people’s point of views and virtues are literally molded, from the ground up in clay-like fashion, by these very institutions.
Regarding this disturbing trend, regarding those pulling the strings, Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, once had this today, which he shared in his book Propaganda [review here]:
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”[Bold Emphasis Added]
Such truly is the state of the world, and has been for nigh a century.
If the groups socially engineering these changes were not morally bankrupt, then many significant issues would be a lot simpler and perhaps better. On the flip side, though, one could also argue that there would be less to learn as a society, and as individuals, if these obstacles opportunities were not available. Of course, this is not to give silence to evil acts nor to justify them. This is simply to point out that from every obstacle, there is something to be learned, and we usually learn the most when we are put to the test in keen fashion.
There are times that no matter what we do, it seems like the storm is coming, and we will be in its path, no matter what we do. When that time comes, we need to be resolute in our character, and realize that facing obstacles, no matter how tough it may seem at the time, will always yield a more robust individual repertoire.
Only by weathering the storm do each of us as individuals end up being forged by the fire, like a sword that is cast ironclad, but in our case, we are cast in the profound lessons of life.
Only by being aware of the door opening, may we find a new path.
And only by walking through the fire will we know that we are immune to the flames.
Stay strong, because you are forged by the very thing that the Universe is made of. And since we are each a reflections of the Universe, as the Universe is boundless, so is our resolve.
Sources & References:
 Edward Bernays, Propaganda, pp. 37-38.
This article is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Zy Marquiez and TheBreakaway.wordpress.com.