Monday, September 4, 2017

The Pivotal Slog Posting

When I first posted my essay "The Deeper Implications of Holiday Blues" in 2009, I realized I was on to something. But I never imagined the extent of what I was explaining.

The essay - which has nothing to do with holidays, per se - describes, quite matter-of-factly, how we create drama, and then identify with that drama, and then make ourselves needlessly miserable by getting lost in it all. It pinpoints the very moment of choice, where we opt to make ourselves slaves to drama...or else to remain free. Choose your perspective: hell or heaven?

In hindsight, though it wasn't my intention at the time, this turned out to be a surprisingly illuminating examination of the source of human misery. Working gradually from this (like many Slog postings, it intentionally rewards multiple re-readings), things can be understood re: who we are and what we're doing here.

To trace where I gradually took this insight, read this essay about our predisposition for drama. And then this one on what happens when you get lost in drama. And this broader overview of the whole enchilada. And, finally, this emergency strategy for those so utterly lost that they're unable to see anything beyond drama.

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