“.. you are personally responsible for everything in your life, once you become aware that you are personally responsible for everything in your life.”
He added the “once you become aware” part when people attending his lectures freaked out. His science is compelling, but he didn’t want to throw “guilt” “shame” or “blame.”
Quite the conundrum. Making people feel bad about creating a big ole stinky life doesn’t help one bit; could make things worse. But if the science is there . . . it’s complicated.
Becoming aware isn’t a magic bullet though. I can know I’m responsible, believe it to my core – and carry on ignoring and deflecting; because it’s easier. Who enjoys being the salmon swimming up the cultural stream? Or giving up cozy habits – especially the ones that give comfort on dark days?
Still everything starts with awareness. Becoming aware I can see the impact of my thoughts, actions, habits and beliefs. When I see, I can choose to change – or not. Awareness, commitment – action; the basics for a better future.
“If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” ― Emile Zola