It’s easy to look around and wonder how “people” can act in certain ways.
What is normal behavior for one is atrocious to another and the cycle continues.
Except that the “others” are simply doing what they were told to do. They were told they were underprivileged, or privileged, or superior or not. In fact, we all to a great extent have lived our lives by the maxim of, “Do what you are told”.
It begins in childhood.
“Do as I say, not as I do”. Not the most nurturing of attitudes to say the least.
This carries into adolescence and we are told to go to school and told to get good grades.
They we are told to take standardized tests and told to apply to college and then told to perform there at a certain level. This continues of course into the “professional” world, where we are told to behave in a certain way and told what to do and when/how to do it.
When do we actually get to live for ourselves then?
And that is the really cool part about the NOW. Instead of assuming we must follow the rules of others and do what we are told, we actually get to choose our actions in each new moment. Foreign as it may seem, this behavior is actually what will free us from an inability to actually live in the NOW. It opens us up to a greater understanding of the way the world works.
We have had this power all along. We were just told otherwise.