No matter how many words I write or how much philosophical pondering I do, I always come back to the same conclusions. One of these conclusions is that basic human values hold the utmost importance to good mental health. Without a core foundation to base our lives and purpose upon, we tend to submit to the chaos that our minds create for us.
Basic human values are the grounding force that keeps us balanced and at peace. Living in a world filled with chaos is keeping us all off balance, and our basic human values become fragile. When so much of what we see in society goes against our core beliefs, it is difficult to not walk around in confusion most of the time. We don't see the confusion but it is being created in all of our minds each and every day.
Anything that pulls us off balance mentally is likely something that is going against the grain of our innermost value systems. We see things all day long that we question with our own beliefs, without even knowing that we are doing it. And let me tell you, these things add up to an overly confused mind that causes more and more fatigue and turmoil within us each day.
Depending on your personal perception of the world, when people see swear words, porn, murders and other things that their value system tells us are wrong, we are bothered by what we are seeing, yet we ignore the majority of these things because there is just so many of them facing us. If we have a fragile value system we may begin questioning our own morals without even knowing we are doing it.
Our ego thrives and grows with the rise of social media, and has us questioning our innermost values, causing ethical dilemmas and cognitive dissonance. The people who like the world the way it is and are enjoying the way that society has become have given into their egos, and are controlled by it. Those who are struggling right now to come to grips with the evils surrounding us are likely starting to recognize their ego for what it is.
Finding and following a set of core values and beliefs can be difficult, but we must assume that there is some standard set of 'human' rules which we are to follow. The 'ego' is evolving for everyone, and while some will awaken to a greater understanding in the future, many will never be able to overcome their ego.
Here is my theory on the evolutionary awakening and hopefully it will offer some indication of why there are so many mental health issues plaguing our planet. Think of this stage as the last mile of a marathon. Twenty six miles is long arduous run, but the last mile is the most difficult, and the most rewarding. The hard part for us right now is that we can not see the finish line, and this leaves nothing to hope for.
Our egos need to evolve in order to bring humanity and civility back to the world, before we destroy our own existence. Going through this stage has put us in a constant state of flux, and there is no place to find solid ground much of the time. Many religious texts have predicted this change that is currently happening because it is inevitable. This is a time of much confusion, but I believe that we are in the last mile of the race, and many of us will persevere.
If you are struggling with overwhelming thoughts and feelings right now it is because you are trying to get to know yourself better, and you are trying identify who you are, and what your purpose is. Learn to recognize your ego and will start to lose its control over you. Beyond the ego is great understanding which is clear and concise.
The ego is the speaker. When you are urged to speak by something within you, that is your ego trying to provide and answer to something. You are not the thinker, the ego is. You are the 'will' or the force that drives the 'thinker' and the 'feeler'. Get to know that being and you will get to know yourself. Get to know yourself and you will become who you really are, without anxiety, depression or other horrible manifestations of the ego.
Evolution continues whether we like it or not. Let your ego disappear if you are searching for a more peaceful existence. If you are looking for a thorough approach to understanding all of this, I recommend reading Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth. He explains it very well, but because he is in a enlightened state, much of his information can be difficult to understand for the average person.
Much of this may sound odd or unrealistic, but I am quite sure that this is the source of many mental health issues people are suffering from in this day and age. Here is the good news, the more suffering a person does during their time here on Earth, the more easily it is to recognize the ego for what it is. The more you recognize the ego, the less control it has over you. The ego is the root of most of our suffering, so if you have been suffering for a long time, it is my belief that it is coming to an end in the near future.
I could be wrong, but I am sure I am not. All of our suffering has not been for naught. We suffer because we 'don't fit in' this world, and we should be proud of this. The world has become corrupt and evil in so many ways, and good people with good hearts are finding it a difficult place to live. It is my belief that when enough people 'wake up', suffering will decrease, mental health issues will repair themselves, and life will improve.
Even if I am wrong, it is something to hope for!