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Comparison and Imitation dull the Mind…



Comparing yourself to others is a two-fold process that usually involves measurement and techniques (involving duality) that are superfluous (and that may very well dull the mind).  If many are immersed in dull habits, superficial behaviors, and limited perspectives, comparing yourself with them and then emulating them may, indeed, tend to make the mind act (i.e., react) similarly.  Indifference, seen as normal and ordinary, easily breeds more indifference.  A unique person, beyond all the lemmings, perceives beyond mere comparison and imitation; such a person is more inherently free (than those who merely absorb, internalize, swallow, and imitate the behaviors of others).  Those who lazily internalize all of society’s values and traditions are not free (though they may, as a reaction, insist that they are); they are secondhand shadows of antiquated authority, old habits, and primitive patterns of the past.  It’s easy to be secondhand.  Then you don’t have to think or feel.

Very many compare, imitate, copy, fit in, get comfortable, stagnate, presuppose things that were poured into them, and do not ask deep questions.  Why?  The man or woman who truly goes beyond all of this may not merely be some dishonest, mischievous rogue, but (rather) may be a profoundly insightful, majestic, free, independent, and truly compassionate person.  True compassion, true order, has little to do with following old authority, following stale customs, or following dead rules.  Real order isn’t what merely occurs from comparing oneself to others and imitating others; real order comes from that timeless (i.e., eternal) action that is not mere reaction.  

Away from the crowd. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Away from the crowd. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Away from the crowd. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Away from the crowd. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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    • Hope so, Mitza! Hoping your week is super! 🙂 Tweetie says, “Hi!” We were watching a show about the Cambrian Explosion while i was cleaning and getting their food ready. I said to Tweetie (at the end of the show), “Do you know about the Cambrian Explosion?” She replied, “Yes, I do!” I then said, “You don’t know about the Cambrian Explosion.” She replied, “I do too.” I again said, “You don’t know about the Cambrian Explosion.” She again replied, “I do too.” And we went on and on repeating the same thing for quite some time.


  1. “A unique person, beyond all the lemmings, perceives beyond mere comparison and imitation; such a person is more inherently free ” I like this statement – if free refers to creative thinking and acts I wholeheartedly agree… as usual stunning photos


  2. Another beautiful piece of prose with pearls of wisdom and depth of thought to take with me on my trip into the woodlands. I’m heading to the river today for some quiet time. I’ll be reading this again (via the cell) for pondering as I sit along the river bank. Thank you for an excellent read, Tom. 🙂


  3. simple brain of monkey like with particularity reference tom make to lemming.


    • Thank you, Mr. Monkey! I was a bit hesitant regarding the use of the word, because though it may be quite accurate, it does have a lot of negative connotations that can be dangerous. We don’t want to merely categorize people and label them with blanket statements, and the word “lemming” can lead to that. However, words are all limited and one can use them realizing these limitations; i hope many others realize these limitations too. 🙂


  4. So true, well said, Tom.
    In some o many organizations, people systematically block the free, independent thinking…


    • Thank you, and yes, Amy, many organizations block freedom. Personally one feels that there — in actuality — is no real free thinking; thinking is always conditioned. However thinking (even though it is conditioned) may somewhat reflect genuine insight (which is never conditioned).

      Amy, you’ve recommended very good movies in the past in your postings. Hacksaw Ridge, which we saw yesterday, was excellent… a lot of violence, but a lot of real purity and goodness too!


      • Thank you for recommending the movie. Directed by Mel Gibson! Will find time to watch it this week.
        Organizations develop a lot of policies and procedures, people use it to block the freedom…

  5. Tom,

    I absolutely love this post. Some of these things really hit home for me and have helped inspire me in my most recent post about imitation. Your wording is beautiful and eloquent. I was wondering if you would be okay with me quoting some of your words. The credit would be given to you of course!! Let me know.

    Thank you kindly and take care,


  6. Pingback: Is Imitation Is the Strongest Form of Flattery? – nikfosho

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