Monday, 28 July 2014, 2:21 pm

Start your 1,000-mile journey

Submitted PhotoBy JESSE ROBITAILLE
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“Man is by nature a political animal.” — Aristotle
But we were creatures of habit long before entering the world of politics — a history that’s very telling of our current state of being.
Habits and patterns are evolutionary, but politics is learned behaviour. Hunter S. Thompson said politics is the art of controlling your environment, but I hardly see anyone taking control of their own existence and becoming politicians of their daily lives. Perhaps, we lack our parents’ artistry or maybe we’re distracted and tired.
After all, times have changed. It seems information could be hurting us rather than helping us. We have access to vast resources and seemingly self-replicating technology, but we’re only a step or two past apes biologically. Our technology has evolved faster than our biology. There is so much to do and see and so little time to do it in, but I’m not sure we’re set up to take in all of this information anyway.
We might be a little paranoid. We live amidst chaos — we’re on a rock travelling more than 100,000 kilometres per hour as it circles a giant ball of fire that keeps everyone warm and happy — and we’re a little freaked out about it, even if we don’t want to admit it. The sun is more than 100 times the size of the Earth, … and did I mention it’s a ball of fire, floating through space? Without it, we wouldn’t exist.
This kind of chaos permeates the universe, so there are implications, right down to our simple lives here on Earth, which can be a lot to handle, all things considered. Most of us are connected to the entire world’s despair 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week via smartphone technology. This, in addition to bloodstained news coverage and the abundant subliminal advertising, encourages us to eat, drink and become consumers.
We have our own theories upon which we spend a good amount of time worrying.
The problem is that we forget to take care of ourselves. We eat awful food and smoke cigarettes and move around as little as possible.
The reason we crumble beneath the chaos is we’re susceptible to falling into patterns. It’s fairly easy to get caught up in the dark macroworld of which we have little control. The trick is to only spend a small amount time in this world and focus mainly on the microworld (or our daily lives). To find happiness, we need to focus on the basic things we can do to make our lives better. Once we fall into a positive pattern, our lives will transform for the better.
“Starting small and with one step is a very important strategy when dealing with the overwhelming,” said Mary Barzyk-Livingston, a program manager at Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara.
“Being able to practise this strategy is good for our overall well-being, so we remember the wisdom of Lau Tzo, who said, ‘The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.’”
For example, some people focus on chemtrails when they should focus on quitting smoking.
They’re dropping these chemicals on us, they say, and it’s killing us.
The obvious rebuttal is to ask whether they know they’re smoking cancerous chemicals created by corporations that make money from killing them. Cigarettes are chemtrails you give to yourself.
Surely, more people are dying at the hands of Big Tobacco than from chemtrails, but it’s easier to get caught up in the macroworld and blame your problems on something else, something elusive.
“Smaller steps make it more possible to build in success,” said Barzyk-Livingston. “When all the problems are strewn all over the table, it can feel like the only thing that will help is setting a match to it.”
“However, if you take one thing off the table and focus on it and break it down, it becomes manageable, doable, maybe even motivating. After the one step is completed, it can start an upward spiral effect, which allows for the next step to take place, and it continues.”
Our training will consist of various exercises — things like eating healthy, jogging and being friendly — and your participation is vital to your happiness. Mentally, you should focus on the tyranny inside you — veto the bills coming from inside your mind and kill the corrupt senator living inside your soul.
Stop giving yourself excuses to be rude to your fellow man. And for God’s sake, stop smoking if you’re going to complain about chemtrails.
The point is this: if you think about the macroworld too much, you aren’t going to succeed in the microworld. You won’t do your dishes, and the roaches will take over. As you cycle through the negativity, you’ll start feeling depressed.
You need to come to your senses, and the best way to do this is to stop taking the pills. The pills, in this case, include processed food, television, cigarettes, alcohol and the couch, among others.
In every good movie about mental illness and the human condition, the hero stops taking his or her pills. After about a week of hiding the pills under his or her tongue and then spitting them out after going back to his or her room, the hero comes to his or her senses and can plan the great escape. Until you stop taking the pills, there is no hope for escape.
Maybe there are some bad things happening on this planet, but you shouldn’t let it ruin your life.
You get to choose what you do with this incarnation. And when the mental fog clears, you can begin controlling your environment like the political savage you are.

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