Willingly obliged

This is most true for religious subscription and cultural heritage, but applies to every relationship in our life. Choice inspires willingness because a choice is driven by our belief in the benefit of our contribution towards others. Obligation inspires contempt because it is most often associated with the threat of a negative repercussion. What drives…

You are more than how you look

Taking pride in the colour of your skin or ethnicity distracts you from your humanity. Our humanness, our gentleness, our inclination towards kindness – these are all part of our natural state. It’s our need to be associated with significance or superiority that distracts us from this, and replaces it with the fear of being…

The value of values

One of the paths to insanity is to try to reason around someone else’s actions or behaviour by assuming that their value system is the same as yours. This includes people who come from the same culture, tradition, ethnicity, and even family as you do. Our value system may be informed by a common framework…

Worship me

Don’t use religion to elevate your ego. By doing so, you use God to worship your ego, rather than subduing your ego to worship God. The appearance of religiosity in others misleads many to assume that they possess piety. Piety cannot be measured through outward appearance, only through experiencing a sincerity of action. Sincerity, if…

Delusions of Godliness

The delusion of godliness diminishes our capacity to connect with the divine. When we assume ourselves to be above those that behave worse than us, or we assume that we hold within us the capacity and means to punish others, or withhold their reward, be it in this world, or the hereafter, we assume to…

A Contaminated Ego

While I may not be able to resist the physical oppression that overwhelms any physical means of resistance I have at my disposal, it has never been a reason for me to remain oppressed in my mind. Far too many see the shackles on their wrists and assume that to be a denial of their freedom to think and to choose. I may not be able to choose my freedom of movement or association at all times, but I can always choose how much of that oppression defines me or what I am capable of contributing towards its dismantling.