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Brittany Marie


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Learning to tackle another fallacy of thought- Over-simplifying your reality by categorizing others and yourself.

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Since I began my dread journey about one year ago, I have experienced a major shift in my consciousness and witnessed many amazing changes in my reality because of this shift in thought. Not all of these changes can be attributed to my dreadlocks, but one significant change has a direct correlation to them, which is the categorization of people based on religious belief, skin tone, ethnicity, working class, and lastly and most relevant to my interests, style (particularly hair style).

This topic is not new to anyone whom is currently reading this because, well, everyone who has ever been in a social environment has witnessed this remarkable fallacy of human thought.This categorical way of thinking is remarkable because, though we are social creatures who are all in search of love and acceptance, we choose instead to build up metaphorical walls around ourselves to barricade us and the few others 'like' us within them, which, of course, leaves everyone else in your life somewhere outside of these walls and susceptible to judgement by you, leading you to push them further and further away from your being. In some cases, you may push people so far from you that you dehumanize them in your mind simply because there are so many differences between you and these people (i.e. resenting homeless people for being homeless even though you know nothing of their personal struggles, or our soldiers resenting the citizens of the countries that they are invading simply because their way of life is so different from our own).

These are blatantly fallacies of thought! We fool ourselves into categorizing people because we want life to be simple, we want PEOPLE to be simple so that we can better understand them, so that we can know before getting to know them whether or not we can relate to them. The truth is that life is not simple and neither are people. The truth is that you can relate to anyone if only you focus on what you share in common with one another instead of what sets you apart... Not all Asians are good at mathematics, just as not all dark-skinned women with kinky hair are crazy, not all business men are soulless prudes, not all environmentalists are 'hippies', and not all dread-heads smoke weed and discuss political conspiracies.

I have met businessmen that have done Ayahuasca with Peruvian shaman, dread-locked brothers and sisters that have gone to school to be businessmen. Each of us has something to bring to the table, some knowledge or trade that we can contribute to better the whole of humanity. When we focus on our differences, we separate ourselves from one another and lose the other's contribution in the process. Instead of having a well-rounded and balanced society, we have a society that prizes science but belittles art; Logic is rewarded while emotion and creativity are suppressed. My hope for those who are reading this is that you will embrace both sides of your mind, using both intuition and intellect to reach and maintain balance within yourself. Namaste`<3

Rainbow Fortune
08/12/12 08:30:00PM @rainbow-fortune:

When I was in high school, our literature teacher told us an anecdote about Tolstoy. When he was writing Anna Karenina, he had so many characters and traits, he wrote them all on little papers and kept them in separate little drawers in his desk. One day, he left the drawers open, and the wind blew through the window, messing up all hiscategorization. He spent a lot of time trying to get everyone back together.

The story may or may not be true, but it stuck with me.

Ever since then, when I imagine society, I see a big desk with millions of labeled little drawers, and we are all supposed to pick one, and stay inside it. People just don't understand if you fit into more than one drawer. Then they tend to put you into the drawer labeled 'Crazy', and be done with you.

I have alwayspreferredto be the one standing on top of the desk. Or to be the wind that messes all of Leo's hard work. :D

08/09/12 06:53:23PM @shaina:
Jist what I needed to read! :)

Brittany Marie
05/24/12 02:57:49PM @brittany-marie:

Thank you all! :) I love your stories, SE... My grandmother got a good smile out of 'em as well :) And Rebecca, I do believe that all of us are related spiritually.. and I'm glad that you were able relate to my ramblings so well :) haha

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
05/20/12 01:30:29PM @soaring-eagle:

amazing and so true

i know a guy whos the ceo of as big clothing company..and on the side does shrooms and runs a nudist colony

i know dreadsies as brilliant as einstein or hawkings and homeless people as kind and trustrworthy as your best freinds ive had cops..and ex fbi agents smoke weed with me (and talk about political conspiracies)

i also know hippies living in tipis with multiple phds who were ceo of multiple fortune 500 companies but are most proud of their apple picking abilities

most people are worth knowing no matter their situations and our asumptions about then=m from preconceived opinions only serves to limmit ouir interactions and therefore our understandings of one ab=nother

its been both dreading and rainbow family thats really opened my eyes to this that all mankind are basicly the same..brothers and sisters not seperated entities no us and them borders and religios devides dont make anyone an enemy only affects their personalities in minor ways..that are easilyunderstandable even if not 100% agrereeable..even our differences are something we can talk about and relate to but you have yto be open minded and willing to understand without preconceived ideas blocking out all possible understanding

Rebecca Woods
05/19/12 11:34:57PM @rebecca-woods:'ve left me speechless...well actually the contrary,you've left me speech full! Reading this I feel as if I've readsomething I directly have written, you couldn't have taken the words right out of my mouth any better than that.. I mean WOW lol could we be spiritually related?? Seriously this sounds like what I ramble on about either vocally or mentally atleast weekly! :P

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