Our childhood moments are the times when we first question things. But we are too innocent to understand the true import of the answers. Too young to feel the undercurrents. Too naive to really care about differences.
The issues we face in our day-to-day lives may seem like they emanate from elsewhere. But, truth be told, they often stem from our responses to the challenges. Because our responses are predicated on our earlier experiences. And they in turn are informed by emotions that arise from hazy memories of what we’ve been through.
This cycle then ripples out, growing larger and more defined. We moves miles away from the true epicentre. We are layers away from the real core. We act in a way so far removed from our ground zero. We may think we are taking affirming decisions, but are we taking conforming ones instead?
The difficulty in losing that moral centre is that we operate from the superficial. When we react from the surface, we seldom tap into deeper insights. When we let ourselves be just skin-deep, we never reach the heart. And the heart is where you are at your most unafraid, most invincible, most genuine.
Being afraid is easy. It lets you remain under the radar and out of the searchlights. It lets you live sheltered and blinkered. It lets the world do as it pleases. But being unafraid is being true to your compass, calling out what you see as unfair and standing up for what is right. Be you…