In a World Without Market Research
Imagine that I gave you a car. And when I gave you this car, I also told you that this is the one true car – it is the absolute best there ever was – and you could never find a better one out there. And just so you’d know, if you have any problems with it, it’s probably because you’re bad… at driving.
Now, for the sake of the example, let’s try to assume that this is all true though. Let’s assume that you’re still young and that this is the first car you’ve ever had. Perhaps even the first car you’ve ever seen. Back when I gave you this car, you were still a child and didn’t yet know anything about cars and couldn’t really judge for yourself. So, as far as you know, it all made perfect sense. After all, everyone around you is driving one of them, so they must be good, right?!
Well… To be honest, it’s a pretty crappy car. I just told you it was good because I really wanted you to take it… I’m stuck with one of those too, and since I fell for it, why shouldn’t you?! Like that we can all be the same and feel bad together. Anyway, in this imaginary world, no one ever does their market research and no one has ever tried any other cars, so it worked. You bought it!
Now, you take this car and drive it around a bit and it’s really not going too well. It’s moving as slow as a baby turtle, steering it is just impossible, and it dies on you just about all the time. With it, life is full of struggles and you never seem to get where you want to be.
After a while you get really angry. You’ve had enough! You can’t take this any longer and you decide to do something about it. But what would you do??
The Path of Endless Self-Improvement
Since you know (I mean believe) the car is good, it’s crystal clear that the best thing to do would be to take some driving lessons. The logic is simple. Since you know the car is good, if you can’t drive it well, then you must just be bad (at driving) and you need to improve, right? And since you’re just not good enough (as a driver), you should work on yourself and try to improve your skill.
So, you do the obvious and take some driving lessons. Which will hopefully help in making you better. You educate yourself, learn more, improve yourself, and become a much better driver. You can now almost tame the beast and things start going the way you want them too… sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a noticeable improvement, but it’s still far from being perfect. And even though you now have some control over the general direction, the journey is still slow, rough, and unstable.
Now my question is, how many more driving lessons will you take before you replace the car? (It’s rhetorical, don’t answer)
Easy question, right? Think again!
What if I told you that your driving skill represents your mind, and the car represents your belief system. You’ve received a certain belief system back when you were a child, just like we all, and with it, you’ve been stumbling around life ever since. And this entire time, every time you’ve failed, you tried to improve yourself. Learn something new, get another degree, acquire a new skill – make yourself better. You might even be reading this right now just because you hope it might improve you in some way.
The sad truth is that most people actually spend their entire lives blaming themselves and die before they ever tried another car. Never second guessing the belief system that has been handed to them. And I’m not just talking about the good book, which, of course, everyone know is good, but I’m talking about everything we collectively believe in – everything that we ‘know’ to be right. And since we never question our belief system, when things go wrong, we immediately try to change ourselves – our minds, our thinking, our emotions, our reactions…
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Time goes by, and still, as hard as you try, and as good as you may become, you still can’t work this belief system well enough. Your progress is far too slow, changing course is almost impossible, and you just never seem to get to where you want to be. Do you know why?
Because you’re driving a piece of junk!
Honestly… think about it. The problem might not be your driving skills. This amazing belief system you got from your society. The best society, of course (whichever one that may be). With the best governance system, and the best rules and regulations, the best opinions, beliefs, patterns, habits, and the best everything really. Wherever you are, ask around. Everyone will tell you that their set beliefs are better than any other set of beliefs.
So, let me tell you something. It is actually possible that they’re all wrong. Well, of course logically, best case scenario, only one of them is right. But I’ll go a little further than that – they’re all dead wrong!
The real reason that things aren’t working for you is not you! It’s not because you’re not good enough, skilled enough, or smart enough. It’s simply because you’re trying to get through life in a crappy belief system that can hardly move. It doesn’t fit you, it doesn’t work for you, and frankly, it was never meant to.
The real reason that this isn’t working for you is because that’s how this belief system was designed, and this is how society works best. If everyone were successful, rich, and happy, there would be no one left to do the hard work. And since the work must be done, most people would have to live without the Ferrari.
The Main Types of Cars (Belief Systems)
To be completely honest, I’m not the first to have noticed that people are deliberately being imprinted with defected belief systems and maladaptive thinking patterns. In fact, Nietzsche talked about that quite a bit.
What Nietzsche noticed is that there are two main types of belief systems out the in the market, which he referred to as the master and slave morality. One is the equivalent of a super expensive sports car (whichever you like best), and the other, a junkyard wreck.
The workers among us, those of us who received the junkyard slave cars (roughly 99.99% of the population), received a belief system which mainly makes us fearful and obedient (the best qualities for a good slave!). This belief system makes us law-abiding citizens (no matter what the law is), susceptive to religion (obviously, that’s where it all began), and highly influenced by advertisement (a.k.a. modern mind control). All these making us slow, miserable, and consistent but unstable.
The sports car belief system, on the other hand, is fast, agile and highly maneuverable. It was designed to help people make rules and set the course, not follow it; think for themselves rather than listen to others, and continuously break the status quo. This belief system is obviously the vehicle of leaders, so Nietzsche called it – master morality.
Depending on the segment of society we were born into, each of us automatically inherits the belief system used by our parents. And whichever one that may be, everyone around you will always act to enforce it. Continuously reminding you that this is who you must be, and this is how you must think!
For this to work properly, everyone must always sell everyone else on their beliefs – and so they do. Not because they thoroughly checked all other beliefs and found these to be the best, but simply because they want others to believe the same. Since they fell for it, why shouldn’t we?! Like that, we can all be the same and feel bad together. In the real world, just like the imaginary one, no one is doing market research, and no one has ever tried driving anything else.
Accepting the Harsh Truth
Let’s face it. Every society is based on a unified mindset. If one day everyone were to become mentally independent, society would crumble. Not everyone can play the role of the master, and someone still has to do the hard work.
There’s nothing wrong with being a little screw in a big system, and there’s nothing wrong with working hard to serve the greater good. But sometimes, for some people, this goes a little too far.
When people start hating themselves only because they have been led to believe that there’s something wrong with them and they aren’t good enough the way they are. And when society keeps forcing the same deformed ideas about how faulty people are – that they must be mentally broken, have some kind of a disorder or an inherited neurological deficiency that keeps them from properly navigating through life. All that deceit and abuse that pushes people beyond their breaking point and rots the same society it was supposed to maintain. All of that just to avoid saying: “hey, you know what… we might have sold you a crappy belief system”.
So, let me tell you the true truth.
It was never your fault at all. Your brain is not damaged, you don’t have a disorder, and your neurotransmitters are working exactly as they should. You’re stuck, miserable, unstable and afraid only because you’re trying to go through life with a belief system that was designed to fail. A belief system that was designed to keep you in the same place, doing the same thing, and not questioning it under any circumstances. The equivalent of scrap metal painted in Ferrari red.