Reactions to events

How much of our reactions are based on conditioning and how we want to appear to others? How much of what we say publically is to fit-in?

It must be as we are selective as a society about what seems to matter.

We would protect a 200-year-old building, yet trees of that age can be chopped down every day. Tragedies in some countries matter and in others they don’t. Terrorist if from one background, freedom fighter or plain crazy ‘whack-job’ from another. A terrible shooting in one country leads to prayers and changing social media profile pictures to that country’s flag, if it happens in the less important country, it isn’t even reported. A person has offered 100M Euros to repair a church but there are poor and starving people on the streets.

It seems we have a ‘how do I appear good in front of others’ filter or a ‘from the right background/country/race’ filter on what matters in the world.

We are all humans, we all matter, there is no life more important than another, we are the same. Also, what others think about us is not relevant, we can choose to react how we wish to, without the need to feel ostracised or feeling we have to fit.

Things are not black or white, with or against, yes or no. There are no right or wrong, it is a personal opinion.

Cleaning the car

There is a neighbour, who every Sunday without fail spends maybe 1 1/2 to 2 hours cleaning his car, he cleans every inch, washes, waxes, polishes, even takes the wheels off to clean them more thoroughly. He then spends slightly less time cleaning his bike after.

Others, like me, take their cars to the car wash and spend £10 having them cleaned by someone else, so that they can spend that time doing something else. It’s a choice.

The thing is it is all a choice, but my neighbour may say to himself ‘I could do ‘x’ if only I had more time’.

We can always find time if we really want to. It’s a question of what we choose to make a priority. Every hour of every day is used how we choose to use it.

There is no right or wrong choices, it’s just to realise there is always enough time.