Tuesday, July 09, 2013

You Always Have Choices …Even When You Think You Don't

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

We live in an era when our time is becoming less and less ‘ours’. Work hours are rising, commuting times are rising and it can sometimes seem that our lives are being constantly eroded by the world around us. 
We live in a society that has rules, constraints and conventions. 

We have laws, statutes and legislation and these preserve a collective code of conduct that the majority of us believe in, most of the time. 

We also have social and cultural conventions that bind us to act in certain ways as well as an economic (monetary) system that for most of us means we have to work in order to pay for our needs and wants. 

It can seem at times that we actually don’t have that much choice in our lives. That we are dominated by the constraints imposed by society and our freedom, far from being absolute, is becoming less and less. 

It is true that our freedom is not absolute. Even in a state of complete anarchy and without any social, cultural or economic systems we would still be bound in what we are able to do by the laws of nature (although over time I would like to think that we can bend these too!) 

We do however choose to abide by many of societies conventions. Most of us for example are law abiding citizens. We make a decision to not break laws most of the time, because we can see the rationale and sense behind them. We seek as human animals, to expedite our survival and self preservation, and laws and conventions provide a collective protection that enables this. 

We also seek to enhance our position and our social stature amongst others of our species. By abiding by social conventions we also help to enable this. We innately crave the protection that association provides. 

As a relatively weak omnivore with few natural defensive attributes against predation, we crave ‘strength in numbers’ wherein we associate with others and form a community and ‘communities’ in wider and wider circles of association. All of these communities have different rules and conventions and we choose the degree that we act in accordance with those depending on our motivation and our inclination to be included. 

There is a large degree of fluidity in how much we individually will abide by laws and conventions. We each choose which laws, rules and regulations we will and will not break and we choose which conventions we wish to conform to. 

Most of us consider ourselves to be ‘good, decent, law abiding citizens’ but we all break laws from time to time. Depending on how we view ourselves, what we want to achieve and who we want to be we will make choices at times to break laws. For example speeding, traffic and parking offences are laws that the majority of people choose to break regularly. 

People choose to break laws, just as they choose to follow them. We all choose to follow and conform to rules and conventions of clubs, groups, districts, cultures and countries. 

We could just as easily ‘opt out’. We could choose to not follow any rules and regulations...

But most of us, most of the time, choose to conform to certain rules and not to others. We make these choices based upon who we are now and who we want to be.

This choice is one of expedience, but is also the act of taking a position of power in which we decide our life's path from this point and become no longer willing to be a bystander in life, but instead to co-create our life of passion purpose with the universe...

Read more in Choosing You! available at Amazon and at fine booksellers globally

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