The Charismatic Preacher

We follow those we resonate with most. Their unique life philosophy feels like enlightenment.

Just finished our satisfying sashimi don lunch, we purposely slowed down our steps to dissynchronized with those who dressed like they have somewhere important to be…

Me: You know how you started watching Obou-san? *turned my head to face him*

He: Yeah?

Me: It reminds me of a book I recently read. *staring down recounting*

He: Hmm? *cocked his head*

Me: When you listen to Obou-san, you feel as if he spoke your understanding of life that’s buried deeply somewhere inside. I felt the same when I watched Jordan Peterson and read various psychotherapy literature. *analyzing*

He: And the relation to the book…? *puzzled*

Me: Right! So the author talked about although each of these “philosophers” holds different interpretations towards life, what they have in common is the charisma that attract audience and followers. *excited*

He: Okay… now I can see what you are getting at.

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Whom we listen to says a lot about our worldview.

Those with an attitude that mirrored our own became our teachers because we made it so.

We actively participate in filtering and selecting those who fit our agenda.

Me: But I don’t know how I feel about this neutral take on human psyche… it makes me feel.. foolish *uncertain*

He: Like being in a cult?

Me: Kind of… *trailed off

He: And who’s to say that the author’s supposedly neutral understanding of the unconscious is an exception?

Me: TRUE! *broke into a smile*

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We all carry with us a set of beliefs.

They may not be spiritual or philosophical, but you hold them dear to your heart and defend when others question or attack.

As we experience in life, we gradually mould, shape, deconstruct and rebuild our own interpretation of a meaningful life.

The one we adopt now may be abandoned if it no longer functions as we expect it to.

But I’m okay with my current one.

It presses the mental brake when I find myself judging those who disagree with my values.

It’s okay and they are okay.

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