I think most of what people do is related to acquiring the 4 A’s – acceptance, approval, admiration, adoration; and respect from society. I feel this overpowering influence in my life too. Generally speaking, am I really doing what I want to do?Why am I doing whatever I’m doing?What are my motivations?Are they real ones? You could think of fairly plausible answers even as you look at these questions but if you question these further and further, you see through some of your habits and motivations.
In my case I noticed:
1. A large part of my self is defined on how others view me. I might form my self view based on the weighted average of people’s views about me. I might assign much greater weights to people I care about like family, certain friends, people whom I dated etc.
2. I get frequently lost in philosophical thoughts and totally lose touch with all the activities that a person in my context would typically do. It is some form of dissociation which keeps coming back.
3. I have a ton of other preoccupations related to very diverse interests that can suck me into a state of flow pretty easily. Even in this case I lose all awareness of the expectations I am to meet.
Like I had 11 days holidays here. I’m sure most of the students here would have done a decent amount of studying, homework or something related to bettering their chance of survival. In my case, I just got lost in my preoccupations and interests and lost all awareness of all these practical concerns.
Sometimes I feel this is some form of rebellion inside me. I am resisting all these conventions and I want to be free.
Then I question myself,
1. Why do I want a good job? – to get good money, to buy luxuries, to lead a comfortable life, to make a difference
2. Why do I want money, luxuries, security, making a difference – Because I think they can give me satisfaction and happiness
3. You would not have enough time to enjoy the money, how does it still do it? – Because society would accept, approve, admire or maybe even adore me for it. So yea by repeated questioning I once again hit upon the 4A’s.
I also hit upon these 4A’s when I look at my other activities. Like why do I flirt(besides the physicality part)?Why am I looking for romantic interests?Why am I looking for close friends?
Some of the questions to ponder about:
Why do I want society to accept, approve etc?Is it really so important?Is it conditioning?Upbringing?Why is society such a major force controlling our actions?Is this really the optimal way?What is the real truth behind it?Why do we seek these?