The Most Dangerous Prevalent Virus
There is a virus far more prevalent than any of the biological viruses often discussed present in society today, one that has withstood thousands of years of some men’s fight against it, and is passed from generation to generation. Taking many a mutant forms, it cannot be assigned predominately to only one group of persons from any nation, religion, ethnicity, age, or other classification. This one virus is responsible for millions of deaths and rampant suffering worldwide, and manifests its harm daily in one way or another in the lives of nearly everyone you encounter because it infects the majority of persons living today.
Sneakily, it enters into the human being through many a seemingly benign masquerade. Once it enters your being, it is extremely difficult to eliminate as many infected are not even aware they are carriers. At its worst, it’s fatal, but its symptoms for most are more a serious deleterious corrupting force upon the life they could live if free of the pathogen.
There are ways to prevent oneself from becoming infected (rare is the human being who has not been infected at some time in his life) and ways to certainly protect oneself from becoming reinfected despite the pandemic.
When Everyone Is Sick
When everyone is infected with a disease, it’s easier to feel less the odd man out, and the battle to be well again may take back seat to simply tolerating, even accepting, the ailment to run its course. It’s also easy to overlook the symptoms, since some of the tell-tale signs are so commonly experienced.
Even when identified, apathy in fighting it is common, and reason for the many cases of reappearance of said viral infection suddenly resurfacing after the person thinks for sure it’s gone. Rather than being eliminated, it simply became dormant, attaching itself within, lingering until the time it was triggered to reactivate causing all the negative results in the person’s life again.
The individual, once infected, can prevent such dormancy from occurring by completely eradicating the virus with direct action at the time the infection is recognized.
It requires diligence to accomplish the task of total eradication, as the temptation to ignore it, and merely hope it’s gone is a common weakness.
It is also being purposefully cultivated by many, and thus manifesting in new forms, due to how profitable its existence has become. Indeed, many who are the most vocal in saying they are working against it, are themselves propagating its spread.
The virus: Aggression.
Its medium: Fear.
Its symptoms: Hostility, focusing on differences, self-righteous compulsion to force others to behave as oneself does, the wish to prohibit or punish individuals for behavior with which they disagree but which harms no other, rationalization of some coercive acts for the “greater good,” assumption of prerogative to take what one wants from others, offensive (non-defensive) actions, etc.
Want to Be Well?
Fortify your immunity. Waste not your resources trying to save the world from an illness most willingly suffer and spread, rather become as strong an individual as possible. Make your life a fortress against the virus so that being exposed to those infected becomes rarer for you and so that when exposed your system will immediately rid itself of it taking hold.
You can best accomplish this by limiting, if not eliminating, all collective activities. Yes, I said all. Many an individual, with good intentions, has propelled himself into collectives in a desire to better said collective by opening their awareness to the disease amongst them. And many of said individuals have learned the hard way that collectives 1. Do not care about the truth. 2. Prefer to be collectively sick with one another than to be well and stand apart. 3. Will persecute the messenger.
This is due to the fact most people prefer to wallow in sickness than do the work required to be responsible for themselves and their well-being. They don’t seek a cure followed by wellness, they seek masking of the symptoms, so that the disease can continue (since many, from the top of the chain to the bottom, profit from it).
Similarly, avoiding the rampant dialogue, discussions, forums, and even physical gatherings/conferences, devoted to “solving” the problem of the virus is a must. These are just mutant forms of the virus itself, made to benefit a few, while duping the majority into thinking they’re doing something constructive while all the while weakening their system in their illusion of becoming stronger. Strength of your Self will never be gained through joining with others. The goal of changing the world, making it well, is both delusional and self-defeating. You can only make yourself well. You can only make yourself sick. The choice is yours. Gathering with the sick or with those who like to endlessly discuss the sick is pointless – it only increases the risk of your choice of living a good life being hindered by their choice to obsess on death and badness. It increases the risk you’ll get a bit of their virus, in one of its disguised forms, which will fester inside you until circumstances provoke your mind to rationalize your unleashing of it.
Many of you think Aggression is found only in certain groups or organizations that obviously operate on hateful premises, those which openly advocate the “rightness” of Aggression. But the most virulent strains of Aggression are most easily acquired in the most innocuous of places. It’s often found in family gatherings (with the well ones sometimes being the “black sheep”); religious doctrine, stances, and churches; all political activity (many who claim to be well, but who are infected, will be found there); lots of “politically correct” causes, etc. It’s also found in those who cloak themselves as teachers of such things as peace and liberty. In families, as I said, it will take the form of the parent who believes in punishment and manipulation (for the ‘good” of the child, of course), in religion often the one who is most vocally vile, condemnatory, judgmental or dogmatic (for the “good” of the followers, of course), in any other area – any who (and often with excellent vocabulary) advocate any action which is forced on another – for all sorts of “good” reasons – all those safe, secure, compassionate reasons – because – GAG – they care about you.
If there’s one thing a well individual must learn, anyone seeking power over any other, cares for no one but themselves. Many such ones who are sick with the virus, know it, and gain much advantages by promoting its spread. They like being sick (sort of like those biologically ill persons you’ve met who seem “proudly” satisfied with sickness and are always more than ready to give you all the sometimes gross details of their sickness) because they’ve found ways to use it to their advantage in life. Some proclaim Aggression as a virtue, others profess rejection of it (while purposefully harboring Aggression secretly), still others stew in the self-pity of being a victim while doing nothing to extricate themselves from the infected cesspools they wallow in voluntarily and frequently.
I can safely assume a number of you reading this are infected (and may not realize it). The fact you’re reading this may indicate you think you’re well, you want to be well, and you’re on the alert for any symptoms to the contrary. Good! If this is you, you’ll likely exhibit the mutation of the virus which wraps its wellness into all sorts of “freedom” and “liberty” vernacular. You’re convinced freedom is the way to live, you say it all the time and you point the finger (correctly) at those who disrespect freedom of individuals, but your shortcoming (and evidence of the illness within you) is that you continue to compromise stated principle by advocating various forms of Aggression to get your freedom – a contradiction so glaring you must be very intelligent to have performed the mental acrobatics necessary to rationalize any feelings of inconsistency away.
You can, if you devote more time to introspection, destroy the Aggression which yet remains in you, for I tell you, your compromise may serve your social and financial needs, but not freedom. The Aggression you conveniently ignore within you which maintains your validation of it in the world will corrupt even the relationships you treasure in life. Even if you outwardly express non-Aggression, if it is in you, it will be directed against those you do care for – friends and family. You will lie (you’ll rationalize it, it’s for their own good), you will gossip, you will pretend friendliness when within you is resentment, you will contradict your stated principles when you think someone may disapprove -usually someone from whom you’re receiving something–that is those whose approval feeds your emotional, physical, or financial wants – some of you will get so proficient at it as to lie yourself into thinking (rather than intuiting and listening to your True Self) you’re a fine, good, loving, non-Aggressive individual.
If you identify such symptoms, and you truly want to be the things you profess, choose differently and use that powerful tool of your good mind to eradicate the virus – your mind is the tool to implement, to activate, the antitoxin to Aggression and found in your heart: love. That brain of yours is like any other body part, it can be neglected or developed, but never should you let a body part control your behavior. Thus, relying only on your brain in such matters leads to all manner of confusion and endless debates with oneself and others. A wise man lets the values of his heart instruct and guide his mind (the tool) to implement them, rather than the other way around.
Never will you restore your wellness by continuing the activities which may re-infect or at least weaken you (thereby detracting from the experiences of your life).
To be and stay well, strengthen yourself. Read and listen only to edifying material, that is material which enhances understanding and nourishes your True Self on how to live the values you have placed within your heart. Do not fall for the temptation to listen much to the “news” while rationalizing that it helps you be informed. On the contrary, infested with the virus (in the guise of reporting on it), it can at worst infect you with the necessary medium of fear for the virus to reproduce in when you’re next exposed to it, and at the least waste your time while debilitating you emotionally as it uses up your life force energy deliberating upon it.
By turning one’s focus entirely upon their own spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development, one exercises the very principle of freedom they’ve espoused before, the rejection of fear they’ve espoused previously, and the non-Aggression they sincerely wish to not stray from.
My advice for those who are well, who have a desire to help others, just live well and let those who seek to be well inquire from you how it’s done. Only on a one-to-one basis, relating to those very few who seek knowledge and understanding, will you actually do any good and help other human beings. Attempting to be one of them to gain access and build trust will always backfire, and when it does, the consequences to your well-being – dire or certainly inhibiting to your enjoying the life given you.
For those who have the aptitude to help the sick, do so only with those who want to be well – who courteously, respectfully, show they want to know more about how to become well. You need not go looking for them – let them come to you. Aggression is a spiritual virus, thus their spirit must want to be well (just like a person must decide they want their body to be kept free or become well from infection) before you can help them. Remember always, some want to be healed while others will pretend so that they can receive some of your life energy to “feel” alive whilst spiritually dead, dying, and trying to take others with them. As Jesus picturesquely warned, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6, King James Version).
To those who indicate they do want the peace you evince, share with them, then go your way. Do not try and convince them – just be who you are – teach or share – then leave them to the consequences (favorable or unfavorable) of their choice.
If you really want peace, wellness, contentment in your life, you will avoid intentionally exposing yourself yourself to those who wallow in the sickness and exist to make sure the virus continues in all its mutations. They are the physically living but spiritually dead…the spiritually alive and aware never voluntarily interact with any of them.