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Lucky to Have the Glass

Updated on July 15, 2016

‘Lucky to Have the Glass’

A different view about our fixation with self-awareness

By Tony DeLorger © 2010

Before that overzealously cited paradigm of ‘the glass half-full / half-empty’, there was first the concept there was a glass at all. Indeed, in our wildest imagination, we, as the evolved beings that we believe we are today, could never have guessed in the beginning, that one-day we could have such luxury of choice. With our knuckles dragging so inelegantly on the ground behind us, and with a world vision hardly venturing beyond the thought of our next meal, our earliest ancestors were not interested in their bad attitudes let alone ‘philosophy’. The stars were simply those specks in the sky that light up when the big fire goes out, and if you had an itch, you scratched it. Unfortunately, ours is a much more complex society, and now our sensibilities are much more attuned to the mental self-examination and introspection that is today claimed to deliver us from darkness into the realm of so-called normal. But I suggest there’s a little more to it than that.

Perhaps our mental gymnastics are showing us something different…that we spend far too much time contemplating the ‘half-full / half-empty’ and should be concentrating more on the glass itself. I guarantee that if the Armageddon scenario became reality and we were forced to roam a charred and bedraggled planet, sales of the book- ‘Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus’ would plummet. No, it’s not because the marketing machine had been set back a tad because of a few nuclear explosions. The fact that introspection would have taken a back seat and that survival was just a little more important, at that particular time, was more the point.

But in context, survival is what we are all doing, whether we’re on the dole queue or being creative with last month’s expense account. We are all trying to survive the best way we know how, and that can mean different things to different people. But one thing is for certain, if we don’t know the world that we have created, (the glass), then why are we flooding our minds with philosophical rhetoric? Subconsciously we are imposing socially conditioned guilt and suffering on ourselves, when we’ve forgotten how it feels to have feet firmly planted on terra-firma. I think it’s a matter of sequence- what should come first.

Having been around, and by circumstance seen the problem from both sides, the solution for me has been medication- but that’s just me. To be serious, I believe that our world would be a great deal better off if we stopped fixating and comparing how we were living and concentrated on just experiencing it. I’m not saying that self-awareness or developing good attitudes is non-beneficial or wrong- my therapist is definitely for it. I am simply saying that we should not forsake life itself to promote a so-called higher consciousness. With two feet on the ground, I’m saying that we should survive the best way we know how and experience the life we’ve been given, without constantly looking back and judging about how we are faring. Again, this is not a master plan for social or religious anarchy- just a simple suggestion to ease back from the cloud of confusion that surrounds our complex lives. I propose that a gentle ‘back to basics’ approach could help to ease the pressure that we so easily place on ourselves. After all, we’re lucky to have the glass at all- don’t you think?


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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Good article! How did you come up with the idea about the glass? It's so true; I am going to have my granddaughters read this one.


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