On Confidence: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

That is the question that crossed my mind the other night, when I heard a CNN anchor ask one of their political pundits: “Are we still the greatest nation on Earth?” What I really heard was: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Her tone was so pathetic I was about to cry but since I don’t believe in pity, I kicked that feeling away.

I can understand being proud of one’s heritage, morals, values and such but to say that my nation (whichever one that is ... I hold dual citizenship so I can pick ...) is better than some other nation, I think is rather childish. Then again, CNN is a pretty childish network too ... what do I expect, really?

Some of us lack confidence and because of that, we look for praises from others to feel good about ourselves (or we put others down). “How do I look?” is a common question amongst pigeons ... like it matters ...

What we really need is knowledge and education. With knowledge one builds confidence and reassurances from others are no longer necessary but without knowledge, we are lost. Being lost sends many of us to look for answers externally. That is another wrong turn, for answers are to be found within.

We have to start listening to our Spirit more and less to what political pundits or advertisements have to tell us. A few days ago I heard a commercial which said: “It’s new, it’s you”. This exemplifies the problem most clearly. There are people trying to tell us who and what we are, in order to control us, one way or another.

This makes Mr. Happy unhappy. I do not like people trying to control others. Please think for yourself and find confidence in yourself and not in what number your country is on any type of scale or measuring system. Cheers!

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

We men are on the sidelines, thankfully, at least in Britain. But women are beleagured night and day by this celebrity culture and what to wear, how to look, to be thinner, bigger breasted (look at all the problems with implants...girls, live with what evolution gave you, real men are more interested in your bottoms anyway). What we (they) really are and if their brains and education matters takes a back seat completely.

Good article

Bob


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida

Great hub Voted up and interesting


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I have to agree that having knowlege helps to see through the smoke and mirrors. I found this interesting food for thought. Thanks!


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reikieffect 4 years ago

We are told every day how, what and who should we be. Much attention is put on the exterior and possesions, and we forget that every thing is temporary but the effects of our actions. Toughtful hub, Mr. Happy...May God bless you!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Well said mr happy. It's the confidence that takes us miles and not the referrals. In this world...people bank more on that.

Beautiful message conveyed.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I want to thank everyone for the comments left here. That "It's new, it's you" commercial really got to me and I had to let things out lol

All the very best! : )


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

Beautifully put and said! :)

Way to go Mr. happy


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You Mr. Aravind.

Cheers! : )


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ShyeAnne 4 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Good words Mr. Happy.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You Mrs. ShyeAnne. I appreciate your comment. All the best!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi White Wolf - A well written mini diatribe. You do know I mean that as a compliment....I love diatribes as long as they are well argued and well written./ Hope all is well with you. Theresa


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Haha, thanks for sending me to the dictionary Mrs. Theresa. I didn't know much about diatribes but now I do, thanks to You. Cheers! : )


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quester.ltd 4 years ago

straight and to the point, as usual one of the problems is that people do not know who they are - and few care.

Well done

q


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I appreciate your comment Quester.ltd. Thank You for stopping-by. I certainly agree that we should all start thinking a little more about our thoughts and actions. Cheers! : )

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