You Have Three Wishes

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“If the development of civilization has such a far-reaching similarity to the development of the individual and if it employs the same methods, may we not be justified in reaching the diagnosis that, under the influence of cultural urges, some civilizations, or some epochs of civilization–possibly the whole of mankind–have become ‘neurotic’?”

-Sigmund Frued, Civilization and Its Discontents

 

Two types of “personal development” exist:

The kind that helps you get what your compulsive and conditioned monkey-mind craves (inclusion in desirable social groups, wealth, peace of mind, self-esteem, a better can opener, free fried chicken)…

…and the kind that fundamentally questions those cravings, collapsing the personality down to its bare bones and building a new being from scratch.

It goes without saying that the former category is the more common, and  new best-sellers, fads, “secrets,” and wish-fulfillment fantasies never cease to strut about the marketplace.

The latter is usually missed, esoteric even to the “esoteric.”

I enjoy observing what kinds of fads emerge, and when (for example, the immensely lucrative franchise, “The Secret” during recession time), as well as who embraces them and who derides them.

Mythic heroes, having evoked a genie, know to be very careful in their choice of wishes. Those who fail this caution become perennial examples of how we don’t really want what we think we want…

What would happen if you suddenly gained the power to manifest all your thoughts?

Probably not what you think.

So…make your wishes come true, or become a thing that wishes differently?

That’s a secret……

 

-Riley

 


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