Immanuel Kant said: All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
Have you ever wondered why people have nightmares? If we look at things objectively, we understand that it’s because nightmares are our mind’s way of processing leftover fears and anxieties that we’re either consciously not aware of, or that we’re not properly dealing with.
Why are we scared or anxious in the first place? That’s the million dollar question.
Reason is why self-blame is so common among people who struggle with recovery from abuse. It’s because at least it’s an answer, at least we can finally just give ourselves an answer as to “Why me? Why at all?”
When you start to think of different reasons you should give up on trying to move forward in your life, remember that a lot of people in their life never had to go through the things you’ve gone through, or make the same choices in the face of trials that you’ve had to make. Give yourself the love, compassion and credit you deserve, for surviving and thriving as much as you have. It hasn’t been easy, but you’re here now, reading this, right? It doesn’t matter if you had a relapse, gave in or have done something bad. The point is, that moment is gone and you’re alive and trying.
Let’s change the direction of this conversation a little bit.
I define ideology as the end of critical thinking, and the complete confidence in what we believe to be true.
Think about everything bad that has happened in the world; some of the most hanus acts were carried out by people who believed that they were right, and that was the end of critical thinking; the reason it was carried out was because the people who carried them out were simply able to. They considered themselves leaders who had some special knowledge in the world that it gave them a license to do anything they wanted to.
The question I’ve always wanted an answer to: what prevents us from doing the unthinkable? From stepping out into the light, out of darkness. From loving ourselves instead of hurting ourselves, from choosing good over evil.
Maybe it’s because we don’t know how to find the right answers.
Or maybe, just maybe… we know that we won’t like what we find.