Where there is a violin busker there are two types of audiences. Those that feel absolutely no sense of excitement because of how effortless he plays the instrument, and those that are curious to know how it is he plays it oh so perfectly. I mean a violin is just 4 strings with different densities slapped onto a piece of weirdly shaped hollow wood, where the bow is drawn across the strings to project sound. So I mean what could possibly be so mind-blowing about a violin player right?
We neglect the fact that discipline first and foremost goes into every skill known to man kind. As we’ve all probably heard, life is a journey. But within it basks numerous sub journeys such as the journey to education, as well as the journey to achieving any goal we set for ourselves. The hardest part of every journey is the starting point, because as human beings we are strongly prone to procrastination. “Tomorrow” and “Later” are among some of our favorite and most popular excuses. That alone solidifies the importance of discipline in achieving ultimate freedom. After that, comes the discipline of maintaining a routine to enable us to practice the skills that will get us closer and closer to the finishing line.
Understanding something is tremendously different to mastering it. We all know the bigger picture of how a violin works, but I can tell you from experience that it is an instrument that demands a great deal of precision. The pressure applied onto the strings with the bow, where exactly to place your finger on the string, the accuracy of your vibrato and much more. Mastering those techniques to the point where one is utterly fluent is the greatest freedom you can obtain when learning anything because then you can more easily stray from the formal structure onto improvization. Now imagine doing the same with your mind.
Emotions bred under false pretenses.
A distorting sense of self-righteousness.
Those are some of the major illusions we face in our world today, delusions that are the starting point of many of our mistakes. Our outlook on the world around us is the most explicit projection of who we are. Our perspectives are moulded by the ups and downs we come across during our lifetime. Each of those forming a subconscious label on all things, which play a part in how we approach situations and people. The brain being the most powerful tool and also the most important part of the human body, it is a crucial responsibility naturally posed upon us to secure the ability to manipulate our views as we receive new information seeing as to how most sources nowadays have their own ulterior motives. We need to develop the calibre to fully identify what it is we are allowing into our minds, because it only takes one new piece of data, could be an experience, a confrontation, a glance even, to distort how we reason in the future. Filtering what you take to heart is a lifetime process on its own. People’s actions always have a story behind them, regardless of what the action is. Same way love and affection could be coming from a dark place, hate and hurtful words could also be projected from a caring place. Understanding the starting point of every action is what is key.
Two of the most potent poisons that can discourse one’s life off the path of contentment, for to be free you must be at peace within yourself. Dating back to history, we as humans have built up this sense of ‘otherness’. The ‘other’, meaning not like us. With that we develop this comatose like feeling of superiority. This puts barriers on our capability to being completely juste due to the subliminal stereotypes our brains have cultivated. Demolishing that subconscious sense of ‘otherness’ is the first step towards tranquility, for whatever goes around comes around regardless of how irrelevant an injustice it may seem to you. Then self-contradiction kicks in. We live in a generation where we are all said to be equal, and most of us believe that. But how can you be equal to someone you look down on? Are you really better than the next? Matter fact, what exactly is ‘better’? Seeing as to how your better is worse to the next!.
Perfection requires a victim as well as a priest, for we are what we repeatedly do. No one can be completely perfect, but what’s a valid reason to stray so far from it?