“The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people think”-David Icke
I was watching a social experiment not too long ago where a girl came into a doctor’s office and watched everyone get up when a bell rang. At first, she looked confused as to why the people were standing every time the bell rang. After a few minutes of sitting in confusion while everyone got up, she decided that since everyone else was standing, she ought to stand as well. Little by little, everyone was called in to the doctor’s office, the bell kept ringing, and the girl continued to get up. New members were brought into the office, without any prior knowledge of the experiment.
At first, the new members seemed confused as to why the girl got up every time the bell rang. They then asked her why she was getting up, she simply replied: “I don’t know, everyone else was doing it so I think we have to do it.” The new members followed her lead and continued to stand every time the bell rang until the whole room was filled of people doing the same thing, simply because they thought it was necessary that they all do it, without even questioning why.
If we examine our lives, could we pinpoint the bells that are making us stand for no apparent reason? How many things do we do, many of which are things we don’t even want to do in the first place because of fear of what other people think; or simply because everyone else around us is doing it. David Icke said: “The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people think.” Sometimes, we worry so much about what others think about our appearance, the things that we own (or don’t own), and the way we behave.
I want you to take 5-10 minutes of your time, stop reading this post for those 5-10 minutes and think clearly, honestly, what are those things that you’ve dreamt about doing, that you haven’t done because you’re afraid of what other people will say.
Now, that you have thought about those things, I want you to ask yourself some questions: “Why are you living your life to please others?” “Why do you think you’re not good enough because someone said so?” “Why keep doing the same things over and over, without questioning the reason or the logic behind it?” “Why aren’t you being authentic to yourself?” This is a new beginning, a new beginning of questions that will lead to a path of authenticity, a path of true happiness.