“Give me a child until they are seven,
and I will show you the adult”.
In 360 BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle was aware of how the mind is programmed. This was more than thinking, “Well, that child is like this, and will grow up more or less like that.” The question is, “How did that child get ‘like this’ to become a person ‘like that’?”
When we read scientific papers about what makes people act a certain way, this may be understood in one of two ways.
One: “How do people get ‘like this’ and how can we help them?”
Two: “How can we make people become ‘like this’?”
Never forget the two laws of the universe: attraction and repulsion – good and evil.
If society isn’t a safe place to be, with a foundation of inner and outer peace, but is, instead a place of trauma, over-stimulation and indoctrination, then society will be left with deeply confused and wounded people.
Just look at the world today: “Give me an idea from 2378 years ago, and I’ll give you a society in 2018.” 😀
This is why security and kindness in early life leads to a happy life, whereas trauma in childhood leaves a residue in adult life. It is extremely important to understand the causes of suffering because the world seems a very unsafe place at the moment, with more and more idiotic ideas indoctrinating society.
Even though we might have a splendid life, we may be still in poverty, lacking kindness and spiritual awareness of compassion for all.
The most lasting memories from childhood are, “Is the world a safe place?” “Is it a good place?” “Am I lovable?” “Am I valued?” These feelings are a child’s unconscious basis for life.
A child’s ideas are heavily formulated during their early years. Regardless of their potential departure from those ideas later in life, there will always be a remnant of those early, formative ideas lingering in the child’s brain.
By the age of seven, certain ideas and behaviours are already psychologically ingrained and well-established. Programming! We create addiction in children without knowing it (although certain companies know exactly what they are doing and how addiction starts: sweet, sugary drinks and food get the brain used to pleasure, and so we ‘want’ more of this undisciplined rush).
“Repeated exposure to an addictive substance or behaviour causes nerve cells in the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain involved in planning and executing tasks) to communicate in a way that couples liking something with wanting it, in turn driving us to go after it. This process motivates us to take action to seek out the source of pleasure.”
It’s not all our fault; it’s because of the shit we’ve been fed.
Once we are aware of our subconscious patterning,
it become conscious!
Being conscious that it’s not all our fault,
we become kind to ourselves.