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A lot of minds are unbalanced these days. Most minds, really, are very unbalanced. A truly balanced mind is like a rare, precious jewel. Unfortunately, very few minds, in this rather rotten society, are truly balanced. To be truly balanced means not to have a mind that has been conditioned by the current rotten, immoral society in which we currently live. It involves having (i.e., being) a mind that has stepped out of the morass of selfish values, indifferent separation, cold competition, and crude status quo beliefs. A balanced mind does not follow the crowd, especially when that crowd has been indoctrinated to accept and hold orientations and tendencies that have been going on since ancient times. Many people, these days, would be able to fit in quite nicely into the ancient Roman culture; the changes necessary — to so fit in — would not be very dramatic in the least.
The balanced mind that goes beyond all this, that largely transcends beyond conditioning and fragmentation, is far from what the ordinary man can understand or discover. Real balance goes beyond unnecessary internal friction and conflict. The balanced mind is not composed of learned (i.e., absorbed) barriers which separate it from all life, or which separate a supposed controlling center from other thoughts. The balanced mind is not what looks from (or “as”) a screen of mere prejudices, edicts, beliefs, pigeon-holing labels, or hand-me-down values. When a balanced mind looks, it looks without the mental-programming that dictates to others about how they should look (with certain preconceptions). A balanced mind has its own intrinsic, natural empathy, holistic perception, insightful understanding, and unbounded wisdom.
Can the unbalanced mind, the conditioned, corrupt mind, step out (mentally) from the quagmire that it is in… and be balanced? Can separative, crass concepts and preconceived viewpoints go past the crude limitations that they are? The mind can psychologically die to its own accumulated corruption. Such a psychological dying is a real innocence, involves silence, and is real living… and it does not involve a learned method that takes time.
Chillin’ (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017
Chillin’ (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017