Posted by: Henry J | February 20, 2011

Another Brick in the Wall

I watched some more Pink Floyd interviews yesterday and Roger Waters reminded me that the “bricks” from their album “The Wall” are metaphors for our fears. Per Wikipedia “Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.”

The Wikipedia article also says “Worth noting is that fear almost always relates to future events, such as worsening of a situation, or continuation of a situation that is unacceptable.” I wonder to what extent we limit ourselves as human beings due to the power we invest in our fears.

I suppose the wall is a metaphor for the barriers our minds build to protect us from our fears and ensure our survival. This wall ultimately becomes a prison isolating us from all life has to offer. Sure, we feel both pain and pleasure. Pain can be uncomfortable and unpleasant but is also a necessary part of our journey.

So many seem to “grow” old, becoming cynical and jaded and unwilling to recapture the sense of wonder and adventure they had as a child. They ultimately wall themselves off from others until their lives are boring, dull and unadventurous. Perhaps this explains our societies’ reliance on alcohol, drugs, and television.

We find ourselves walling off those who love us and limit our love to those few people around us. Sometimes, we don’t even love those closest to us – or even ourselves. We try to escape our own lives with mind-altering chemicals and live vicariously through the lives of others, even if they are fictitious. We fight wars, take our neighbors to court and live in scarcity.

I believe the child we once were survives in each of us, longing to discover the world, to fully feel both pain and pleasure, to love and to be loved. Remember the first time you felt the wind rushing through your hair as you rode your bicycle for the first time? Remember how warm and inviting the summer sun feels? Remember how you felt the first time you fell in love or when your child was born?

Once again, I’m reminded of a Henry David Thoreau quote that aptly sums up my greatest fear: “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die discover that I had not lived.”

Perhaps it makes sense to let go of our fears, to release them and to embrace this journey we share with each other. Isn’t living life free of fear, being courageous and seeking adventure a good way “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life?” Does anyone really want an epitaph that reads?

Here lies one who never took a chance, never watched the sun rise, never lost a love, and seldom felt pain. He lived a life of fear, striving to survive, but perished in the end. His only regrets are the things he didn’t do, the people he didn’t love and the life he didn’t live.

Personally, I believe that we are all one, each part of a universe. The walls – the barriers our minds put up in the name of our fears – to ensure our survival – separates us from our oneness. These barriers isolate and alienate us from each other, they give us the illusion that we are separate instead of being part of one.

Our bodies are limited in time and space and will not survive this world. This invalidates many of our fears, because our bodies will not survive this world no matter what we do. This realization frees us from our fears. Maybe it’s time we stop building our “prisons of the mind” and live life free of fear. Maybe we should all embrace our oneness and love each other as part of the one.

Thank you for reading my opinions on these matters – or my truth. I acknowledge that each of you needs to find your own truth. I hope that my thoughts help lead you to clarity in discovering your truth. In no way do I expect others to believe what I believe, but I do hope that we can all live our lives free of fear, and embrace love. Never believe that no one loves you – I do! After all, you’re part of me, part of the one, only separate in space and time – both of which are only part of an illusion. I love you!


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