The 7 Fake Traps That Keep You from Your Freedom
Of course, most of this happened to me. And I lived long enough to expose these secrets.
But this is about you and how to help you avoid traps and gain more freedom in your life.
To begin with, all traps are fake. Just as all “news” is fake. All of it. All of them.
Because what is true for you won’t be true to the guy standing next to you. Because we are each individuals and find different things useful and true to us. Anything you can’t prove to yourself as true, is fake.
You’ll find only about 20 percent useful in any article you decide to read, and only 20 percent of that will be very useful. Do the math and you’ll see that this means each article out there is about 96% “fake” and 4% true.
The oldest statement I’ve run across that defines what is true is this:
Truth is as valuable as it is workable.
Or, as you can personally put it to use. The more useful, the more true it is.
Too simple? Look around for what you trust, what you use all the time, the things that you continue to buy and have around you, the food you like, the shows you come back to watch over and over, the music you listen to. Those things are useful to you. They “make sense” to you.
That said, let me tell you about the 7 fake traps that exist.
These traps are “fake” because you have to believe in them in order to stay inside them. Once you’ve seen that they are simply boxes with no sides, then you are free to come and go in and out of them all you want. No one can keep you there or anywhere.
Your life is and always has been whatever you chose it to be.
And that is the secret to exposing fake traps. All you have to do is look for the truth. Just look for what is useful or workable in any scene.
There are 7 main traps for people in the U.S. Other countries have other traps, depending on their own cultures.
In the US, we have been divided into two polarized pieces, Left and Right, or Red and Blue. On top of that, if you live in large populations, you’ll be divided from rural areas with tiny populations per square mile.
So you can grid these out:
- Large cities (and megalopolises) have two traps of thinking: Left and Right.
- Suburbs and stand-alone cities and towns have two traps of thinking: Left and Right
- Rural areas have two traps of thinking: Left and Right.
- And the source which is doing this dividing is the corporate broadcast “news.”
Why are both Left and Right traps? Because they have been set up to be mutually exclusive. But people make up their own minds about who they want to support, and what “makes sense” to them. No two people agree on everything that these two extremes offer. Like an “a la carte” menu, people choose some from one side and some from another. Whatever is useful to them personally, whatever makes sense to them as an individual.
Why is there a difference between city and country? More people, less Nature. People who you talk to individually will behave differently then when they are in groups. Different mental habits kick in, all these “now your supposed to’s” or concerns about “what people will think about me.” Lots of studies have been done about how people act and then justify their actions when they are in groups.
And seeking solitude in Nature may bring peace so profound that people have long made a point of visiting natural surroundings on a regular basis. This is why we have parks inside cities. The longer you stay in natural surroundings, you will find yourself thinking differently.
Not too remarkable is the fact that the most strident environmentalists come from areas where there is the least amount of Nature. While the actual work at conservation itself is done by those who live closest to it. If you want laws or regulations passed, then find some people who live in cities to get these done. If you want land and wildlife restored, then find some people who live outside large populations.
Why the corporate broadcast “media” try to divide us all the time is a strange one. Because if you chase back newspapers to their beginnings, you’ll find they have been doing this all along. “If it bleeds, it leads.” is the mantra of the big news outlets. And this is found in local media where they will tell you all about the horrible accidents and violence before they tell you stories about cute puppies waiting for adoption, or how a family was inundated with charity after losing their home.
All you need to know is that you don’t need to listen to them all the time. This is the “mute” or “off” button on your remote control.
Here’s how you escape traps and get more freedom:
0. Observe what you are observing without judgement or preconcieved ideas. Just relax and take it for checking.
1. See if there is anyway you can use this in your own life.
2. How does what you just read, saw, or heard make you feel?
3. What does that datum, thought, opinion, or idea mean to you?
4. How does what you just observed or experienced fit in with what you already know to be useful?
5. What action does this inspire you to do?
Out of those 5 questions, you will find useful (true) data when you get mostly positive answers. Your best data will be positive on all counts. Your worst data (fake news) will be negative on most or all counts.
You can take this for checking, that you are looking for data that:
1. You can put to use in your own life.
2. It makes you feel good.
3. It means something good to you.
4. It fits in with everything else you know.
5. You get ideas to do good things with it.
Look over your own life, what you’ve been listening to, reading, watching, being part of. See how these things work up with these 5 challenges. Keep the ones which seem to be the most useful, the most true. Let all the others go.
And you’ll find more peace, more freedom, and more prosperity in your life. You’ll also find that you can’t be trapped by anyone or anything.
Just too easy, now that you know for yourself.
Have fun with this.
Let me know, if you want, what you think about all this.
PS. A person finds what they are looking for. Or, in it’s oldest phrasing: “energy flows where attention goes.”