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Arrogant Ignorance and the Misuse of Consciousness

Updated on January 8, 2014

Arrogant Ignorance and the Misuse of Consciousness

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Incapable as we may be of absorbing the magnitude of life, we so often blatantly disregard it as if it were expected or deserved. It amazes me how arrogant and dismissive humanity is regarding the opportunities that life affords. It appears that with awareness comes a delusion of grandeur, egos that transcend all common sense and balanced thought.

Who are we to assume superiority in life, to oppress the weak, to ignore the balances in nature and destroy without conscience or regret; anything with justification. Being aware and having free will creates a self-delusion that is proving to be our downfall. We accept what we want, conceal what we don’t and contrive how we want life to be, regardless of the reality. We are the most self-deluded creatures on our planet, yet still believe we are superior. Humanity is the master manipulator, not just of those around us and our environment but of us.

We live in an illusion of existence; we follow blindly the aspirations of our forefathers, adhere to paradigms that precede us and the bounds of conventions we had no say in. Our paths are paved by others who have created them through what they have seen as necessity in survival and progressing our species. The problem remains that we are imperfect creatures with deluded thinking, creating the foundations of self-destruction not harmony and peace.

The world remains in a constant struggle for betterment, not in understanding, compassion and equity in life, but the pursuit of wealth, personal gain and circumstance. Our delusions have caused such inequity the world is thrust against itself, fighting about belief, race, power and greed. In these pursuits we have become lost to out faults, our weakest links and frailties. Celebrating life and its possibilities has become lost to struggle, our capacity for awareness bound by the superficialities of life, the mundane.

How often do we see life for what it is- such a grand miracle beyond real comprehension? We are absorbed by mortgages, new cars and image, all the processes of life maintenance rather than living life itself.

The idea of truth, what is real, has been manipulated so much it is difficult to find it buried beneath so many layers of illusion and rejection. Introspection has become an arduous task, having to sort through so much waste and conditioning. However without it we remain in a shroud of confusion, smothered by opposing thoughts and contentions. In the end we must free ourselves from the illusions and claim an understanding of perspective and a clear view of what life is and has to offer.

If you do go down this path, the rewards are many and your life will transform with a new appreciation and balance of how we go about our lives. Perspective is everything.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad it connected with you Dyhannah; it's so easy to get lost in the day to day. Thanks for reading.

      Thanks Phil; taking things for granted is one of the things human beings do best. Often we all need a reminder to put everything in perspective.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Indeed, we haven't the time, energy or willingness to be introspective and we take much for granted.

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      Dyhannah 6 years ago from Texas

      It is confusing keeping this clear point of view and I agree that perspective is everything. I found your article very helpful. How to go about the balance in our lives? Your article is a grounding source for me and a cue to remember which gets forgotten in the spin of life. Thanks.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks rebekahELLE and Suzette. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for you comments. It's much appreciated.

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another thought provoking hub. So much in life and the world is illusion, especially the economy, the stock market, the banks etc. However, paying the mortgage beats living on the streets, homeless. We need to find the balance in life and take a "time out" every once in a while to appreciate the natural world around us.

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I understand the wavelength you're writing from. I think about this everyday, how far we are from grasping the power of consciousness. It's like we get caught in a whirling vortex unable to stop until we recognize that we are living unconsciously. I suppose the moment we recognize it, we are present.. I think we're missing how to be present in our lives. It takes awareness and being open to the amazing world of consciousness within us and around us. I loved reading this and caught it fresh on the feed. Thanks for sharing.