For as long as I can remember people have always referred to a particular group of people as they. As I got older I began to wonder and question why people would say this and just who they were. I recall hearing people say, “Well you know, they say it should be done this way.” Another example would be, “they say it’s best not to do that” or “if you really want this job they say it’s best to only do this.” And my least favorite is, “they say you just have to put in your time and wait until the opportunity opens up.” This week we’ll discuss who they are and why we should ignore them.
Who are they? They are the un-silent majority. They are cynics, people who once were dreamers and now are doubters. The people in this group want you and I to all act and think the same way. They promote and need conformity, for without they are lost. This group wants to keep things the way they’ve always been and that’s very dangerous. They make up the majority of the population. They promote fear and negativity to push their agenda and keep the threats at bay. They are afraid that you and I won’t listen to them. They are afraid that others will be better than them.
If they are the majority why should we ignore them? This group should be ignored because they only want what’s best for them. They are only interested in maintaining the status quo. Any change poses a threat to the control this group has established. They want to protect the old order and fear changes brought by youthful energy. We should ignore this group because they are cynics. We should use their doubt as motivation to push us further. When we choose to ignore the negativity, doubt, and fear that are used we take away the power and control this group possesses.
What the world needs more of are people who are free and independent thinkers. Too many people are raised into thinking and believing like they do. Too many people today lack self-formed opinions. People can’t and don’t want to think for themselves. Too many people just accept and believe what is promoted in the mainstream media. Many people are just like sheep and they are the herders.
Freedom is the right to think, act, and speak as one wants without fear of restraint. Now, we live in a country where we truly have great freedoms. However, there are too many people who choose not to exercise their freedoms. Why? It’s sheer laziness and they know this and exploit it. Social media has revolutionized the world. It’s changed the way everything has done. Facebook and Twitter are exceptional learning tools, but these networks can also be harmful. The reason they are harmful is because of the large population of people who believe anything and everything that is posted on these networks is true.
We are not truly free unless our minds are free. As the great Bob Marley said, “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” This quote is the very essence of the point I’m trying to make. Too many of us are not free. We allow they to control our thoughts. And if we’re not free to think and act on our own accord and merit, we’re really just sheep. We must free our minds and until we do so, they have all the power and control.
We need to take away the power that they have. Lets stop conforming and begin to take control of our own thoughts and actions. Anytime we hear someone utter the phrase, “You know what they say,” we should do the opposite.
I’d like to close with a quote from President John F. Kennedy: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and enemy of growth.”
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!