The Achievement of the Human Potential

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Human potential is far greater than most people realize. Limiting beliefs and biases stifle the creativity needed for anyone to reach the lofty heights of success.

Submitted: July 09, 2019

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It has taken eons for man to advance from primitive life forms to the advanced society we see today. For all the marvels of technology, medicine, and better lifestyles, we have not entirely achieved the kind of potential of God himself. Wars still flare up. Blood continues to be shed.

We may have achieved a modicum of success, but our nature to exercise both good and evil has equal potential to wipe us off our world as it would to establish a utopia. We build up great societies so we may ultimately destroy them. No government system ever lasts long in terms of solidity. Every system that has existed has eventually failed because it was flawed from the start.

This is just as true when it comes to individual achievement. What we believe and how we behave are based on flawed concepts. We become suspicious of anyone who doesn't think like us, talk the same or hold to different beliefs. Since there are many faiths, languages, and cultures, a unified culture is impossible. This disunity leads to a conflict where one side tried to prove through violence that they possess the answer to life's mysteries.

Every man and woman is the product of the environment. We learn biases early. This creates a shaky foundation from which we grow to accept whatever society dictates we should believe. Since parents, ministers, schools, and government officials have little proof that what they teach has any basis in fact, people remain fractured. Creativity is stifled to create the illusion of security.

A system of governance and order is only as strong as its weakest link. The weakest link starts with the individual. It begins with how we think It's necessary to throw out the lies we've come to accept as truth in order to advance further psychologically and spiritually. That's not easy in a society that looks at those who don't follow accustomed theories as oddballs and rejects them without any consideration as to the veracity of their new beliefs.

That's not unusual. Christianity has existed for two thousand years and while its adherents run over a billion, few of them ever live according to the laws (the commandments) their faith dictates. They prefer to live their own rules, reluctant to make any personal life changes.

A Negative Viewpoint ofLife

Despite the freedoms we all share today, the mental construct of the average man hasn't changed much over the centuries. We've evolved from an agrarian society to an industrial one. We feel comfortable in a nine-to-five job where we don't have to express creativity. We work forty years to bring in an income. Our life is well ordered, but it is inflexible. It doesn't allow us to see beyond our noses to the potential from the greatness that exists if we took it.

Possibilities are all around, but few people dare to go beyond a mundane existence to embrace change. This kind of viewpoint is what prevents many from truly living up to their potential.

There are no real constraints. While a democratic society urges us to do more and no more, doubt and fear keep us from going beyond the limits that keep us locked in a prison of our making. We all feel the comfort of group behavior and thinking styles. It gives us the security that comes from belonging to a system, no matter how flawed it is.

Fulfilling A Dream

Everyone has dreams of a better life. Not everyone is willing to take risks to achieve them. We admire those who rise to wealth and power with the idea that we can't reach the same. Those successes are often no better than the average man. They had the same fears, but they took action. They had a goal to drive them out of poverty and a mundane existence to realize a better life for themselves. They overcame fear through action. Whether consciously or not, they realized that fulfillment in any endeavor would require time, money, and effort to create. They had ambition, true. However, they also stood apart from the crowd think. They refused to be coddled into a sense of complacency. They were prepared to receive criticism from others.

Procrastination Kills Dreams

Fear and doubt are the habits we develop. The future is unknown as we focus exclusively on the present. If we take a step forward, we might lose our comfortable lifestyle and everything that comes with it. Life does not guarantee success. However, success cannot come through inaction. Put another way; we are where we are today as a result of the thoughts we had yesterday. If nothing has changed, it is the result of negative thinking and procrastination. We hold back because we fear what may come.

Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor of Rome, wrote; "Execute every act of thy life as if it were thy last."

Good words to remember when we awake every morning.


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