Please don’t go through life merely sullied with the ideas, beliefs, and opinions of others (including what you may think mine might be). Wash yourself clean of all the ideological debris and perspectives of others. Otherwise, you may go through life contaminated, and the contaminated and mentally tarnished cannot see clearly (without distortion). Most see with (and “as”) distortion, which may not really be seeing at all.
Some will agree with the aforementioned statements; then they will inevitably go on adhering to the patterns and edicts of others. To perceive without contamination is an arduous thing; it may go way deeper than most of us (incorrectly) assume. For instance, many of us assume that there is a central regulator or “I” (i.e., “me”) that is in “control” over our “internally possessed thoughts” and “internally acquired feelings.” Few deeply and effortlessly realize that the “I” itself (along with concomitant feelings of “having” control) are (in themselves) no different than the other accumulated thoughts and feelings. This “I” is often seen as separate from the so-called “other” psychological images observed; it is habitually viewed as being “in charge”; few (including many psychiatrists/psychologists) consider that the “I” is itself another one of the thoughts in a conditioned series. Can one conditioned thought (psychologically separated… and projected as being different) truly be in control of the other conditioned thoughts? Many of us consciously, or unconsciously, accept separation and conflict (as the internal norm)… and we inevitably exude this out into society (which ends up in conflict and disorder). We can be better than the norm. We can blossom with (and “as”) real understanding, real intelligence.