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The Natural Mind - Waking Up - Success

The Natural Mind - Waking Up - Success

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Published by Alan Macmillan Orr
In this topic from The Natural Mind - Waking Up, the author asks us to question ourselves on why we value success above all else.
In this topic from The Natural Mind - Waking Up, the author asks us to question ourselves on why we value success above all else.

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The Natural Mind – Waking Up
alan macmillan orr 
Success
1.An event that accomplishes its intended purpose2.An attain
ment that is
 successful 3.A state of prosperity or fame4.A person with a record of successes
 
umans have always been successful, haven't they? If they hadn't, you and I wouldn't be able to havethis discussion. From our earliest beginnings (apparently) in the trees in africa, through to standingon two feet for the first time, and eventually spreading north to europe, and east to asia; we haveovercome great difficulties such as wars, famines and disease, and we are still here.
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Other species have fallen by the wayside. They have become extinct, never to reappear on this earth, butwe keep going. In fact, we get more and more
successful by the day. But could all this
success have goneto our heads, could the most successful species on the planet finally cause its own demise? We shall see.From an early age, it was drummed into me that
success was all I should be striving for (after all, noone strives for failure). “Study and pass your exams, get a good job like your father, and you will be
successful like him.” And successful he was. He managed to climb through the ranks of office paper pushers,to become a managing director, employing a couple of thousand people worldwide. He provided a nicehouse, plenty of money, and private education for me. As a role model for success, he was it.“Work hard my boy and you too can have all this.”Unfortunately, it didn't impress me all that much. Why try to be successful when I already had it all!My
 parents were most displeased with my attitude. They cajoled me, got me into private studylessons, arranged interviews, in fact they tried everything to help be become a
successful person, because you see, that is what is important in life.I never did become
successful in the way my
 parents wanted, maybe because in my heart I knew theywould leave me some money or a house; but deep down, I just couldn't see why we all needed to be so“successful.” I didn't want the adulation of others, or to have power over several thousand employees, and Icertainly wasn't interested in making millions of pounds. I just wanted to enjoy my life and have fun – something that was seen as frivolous by my parents.So what is
success? Biologically,
success is ensuring the reproduction of the species. Physically,success is having enough to eat, having warm clothing, shelter, and a mate to reproduce with. That's it. Nothing more. The rest is only psychological desire.So why do I
need to be more
successful than this? People would say that without ambition, we would beno better than the animals, but given the state of our minds and the planet, I'd have to say that at the moment,we are in a lot worse shape than the animals.
Oh he's very ambitious, he wants to get right to the top
Climbing, climbing, climbing, that's all we ever do, isn't it? We are always on our way to the top, we arenever satisfied with what we have and what we are. In fact even when we get there, we just can't stopclimbing. When we eventually reach the social summit, and there is nowhere left to go, we invent new waysthat not only put us even further above others, but make it harder for people to topple us off our “throne.”This ambition engulfs us, and takes on a life of its own. We are so desperate to be
successful, which inreality is having more than others (more status, more
money, more possessions), that we will do almostanything to get there, even kill other human beings.But none of this is personal they will tell you. It's just business. The business of being so ambitious thatyou will climb and trample on anyone who gets in your way. They show no concern for anyone else,although if you questioned them about it, they would say that it blatantly isn't true, and of course they care, but we can see the truth of it, you and I.The ambitious and
successful amongst you may have constructed some slick counter argu
ments just in case you are challenged on this.“Listen, if people weren't ambitious, and gave up wanting to be
successful, do you think that peoplewould have electricity in their homes by now, or be able to get fresh produce whenever theywanted? What about healthcare? If people weren't
successful do you think we would be able tovaccinate millions of people against potentially lethal diseases?”But what I am talking about is not the
need to cure people with disease, or supply them withelectricity for cooking and heating (all of which is run by ambitious companies), I am talking aboutyou, the individual,
needing to be ambitious, to be successful in your life for personal gain. It is rare to findsomeone who does something out of unconditional love for everyone and everything on the planet.
 
Everyone has ambition, even the monk wants to be a
successful meditator, only his ambition is toreach god, to find enlighten
ment. None of us are free from it. You see, it's not solely about money or  possessions but our need to climb, to get somewhere, to get more knowledge, to discover more things. Weare all ambitious. Because our minds are wired that way.
Victory is mine!
I find it hard to talk about war being “
successful,” but that is precisely what happens when one armyovercomes another. They are the winner of the struggle. They have defeated their enemy – the evilone, and they can stand high on the hill, and declare “
victory!
” at which point everyone cheers.After the second world war, the
leaders of the western world declared victory over germany and japan, and, oh, how the crowds cheered, and waved as the troops passed through the streets. It was avery happy affair. The campaign had been
successful.But success is not something I would call the deaths of countless millions of people, even if it was for my“freedom.”“You are ungrateful” I hear you cry. “My grandfather gave his life so you could be free.” But I am boundto the blood that was spilt for me. I am bound to the soldiers that tore apart flesh. Did they do it for me? No.They did it because our 
successful
leaders did not want to be controlled by other successful leaders.There is no right and wrong in war, all it does is create misery, and suffering for all involved. After all,you are only seen as the one in the “wrong” if you are on the losing side. “But we didn't start it,” I hear someof you saying, “we were only doing it, to protect ourselves and to free the people who were under the rule of a tyrannical dictator.”But the germans didn't see it like that, they thought they were doing the right thing. It would have beenhard for the leaders to get so many people to kill on their behalf if the people didn't think they were in theright.The only aim of each of the countries involved was to be
successful, not to create a
 peacefulharmonious world where all of us live in balance with nature. You only have to look around you now to seethat it changed nothing. Sure, we are not ruled by germans, russians, or japanese, but war still surrounds us.Misery still surrounds us. And that misery is caused by ambition, the need to be successful, whatever thecosts.Let’s go into this more deeply shall we?My
leaders tell me I am free, because they defeated an enemy on my behalf, but their definitionof freedom is not mine. They tell me I am free to think and do what I like (as long as I conform totheir 
laws). When I don't conform, I will soon find out that this freedom they are talking about is given, or loaned to me temporarily, and is not actually a human right. Do you understand?The
leaders want to be
successful: they want to be the most successful leader on the planet, and theywill stop at nothing to get what they want. Whether economic success, or military success, it doesn't matter. Iam a mere pawn in their ascent to become successful, and if I am killed on the way, whilst fighting for “freedom,” then so be it. What matters is victory; reaching the summit.But if my success as a human being has been dependent on others being killed so I can live in a countryfree from tyranny and oppression, I don't know if I want to be part of it. Tyranny and oppression are just themethods of ambition.
The freedom fighter 
Imagine you live in a country that is controlled by a military junta or dictator. You are not allowed freedomof speech, you are brainwashed, and you must conform or go to jail, so you decide to free yourself andeveryone else. How do you go about it?Well, you have three methods available at your disposal – peaceful protest, civil disobedience, or fighting.You have seen that civil disobedience has worked in other countries, but here in your country, the militaryare under 
orders to kill anyone who is disobedient, so you ask for help from another country tosupply you with weapons. They also want rid of the
leaders in your country, so they agree to help. Youraise an army, and march on the capital.

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