Two Fairy Tales Reveal the Secret of Life

Written by Tom Horn

TWO FAIRY TALES REVEAL THE SECRET OF LIFE When we were young we became acquainted withrepparttar stories of Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks. Both these little girls have encounters with wild beasts and one is eaten, whilstrepparttar 131437 other gets clean away. Why wererepparttar 131438 fates ofrepparttar 131439 little girls so different? If we knewrepparttar 131440 reason, it might be useful in everyday life. When I first heardrepparttar 131441 stories, I enjoyed them at face value and, like all children, did not possessrepparttar 131442 ‘power’ to understandrepparttar 131443 depth of meaning behind them. Then I grew up and, after much folly and suffering, began my search ‘inrepparttar 131444 wilderness’ forrepparttar 131445 meaning of life. One dayrepparttar 131446 connection betweenrepparttar 131447 two apparently unconnected stories just came to me from out ofrepparttar 131448 blue. Bear with me as I recountrepparttar 131449 tales. You will remember that Red Riding Hood’s head was full of kind and considerate thoughts. These had been passed on to her, like a virus, from her mother, who, in turn, had learned them from her parent. When Red Riding Hood was asked by mum to take some groceries to granny who lived inrepparttar 131450 woods she jumped atrepparttar 131451 idea. She was warned against talking to strangers and to keep torepparttar 131452 path. All went well untilrepparttar 131453 way became crooked atrepparttar 131454 entrance torepparttar 131455 woods. Here she meetsrepparttar 131456 wolf; a beast that immediately suggests picking more berries and fruits for granny. Red Riding Hood findsrepparttar 131457 idea irresistible and gathers a lot more produce. Meanwhilerepparttar 131458 wolf creeps away torepparttar 131459 cottage inrepparttar 131460 woods where he gobbles up granny. Thenrepparttar 131461 little girl arrives loaded down withrepparttar 131462 groceries and fruits. The wolf is now in granny’s clothes and he promptly adds Red Riding Hood torepparttar 131463 menu. However, a hunter is nearby and he killsrepparttar 131464 wolf and cuts him open, thus releasingrepparttar 131465 two ladies. Now we come to Goldilocks. Here is girl who liked to roam inrepparttar 131466 woods alone, eating wild strawberries when she was hungry and sleeping on dry moss when she was tired. The scene changes torepparttar 131467 cottage ofrepparttar 131468 three bears where mummy bear has been making porridge for her family. It is too hot to eat, so allrepparttar 131469 bears go out for a while. A little later Goldilocks passes by and, because she is hungry and tired, entersrepparttar 131470 cottage ofrepparttar 131471 three bears. You will remember how she tries allrepparttar 131472 bowls of porridge, allrepparttar 131473 chairs and allrepparttar 131474 beds to findrepparttar 131475 ones that are just right for her. She is asleep in baby bear’s bed whenrepparttar 131476 beasts arrive home. There is a commotion, but Goldie escapes and runs allrepparttar 131477 way home. We are told that she never goes back torepparttar 131478 woods again. It’s great to hear those stories again isn’t it? What do you mean, you would rather watch ‘Prisoner in Cell Block H’ on TV? Listen, those stories revealrepparttar 131479 secret of life. The Red Riding Hood story depicts what happens when you ‘go too far’. You see, it is very powerful to exercise personal preferences or choices. Preferences are your own, butrepparttar 131480 knowledge of right and wrong you receive from your parents or teachers. They pass their values on to you like a virus. You then find yourself like Eve inrepparttar 131481 Garden of Eden, ‘eating ofrepparttar 131482 tree ofrepparttar 131483 knowledge of good and evil’. Having ‘gone too far’, both Adam and Eve were kicked out ofrepparttar 131484 garden and became powerless. Red Riding Hood’s mother, like mothers everywhere, committed an act of extreme folly when she told her daughter to keep torepparttar 131485 path and not to talk to strangers. Her daughter was then forced to abandon her own preferences in favor of a received wisdom. When this happens you have oversteppedrepparttar 131486 mark, you have been tripped over a threshold into a state of mind that becomes available to a living trend. This is what happened to Red Riding Hood. Living trends emerge spontaneously from increasingly complex conditions. Inrepparttar 131487 story, escalating complexity is symbolized whenrepparttar 131488 straight path turns ‘crooked’ atrepparttar 131489 entrance torepparttar 131490 woods. (Inrepparttar 131491 story of Adam and Eve, ‘crookedness’ is symbolized byrepparttar 131492 serpent.’) Also, in fairy tales,repparttar 131493 forest trees, straining towardsrepparttar 131494 light, depict living trends. Red Riding Hood meetsrepparttar 131495 wolf whenrepparttar 131496 path goes ‘crooked’. He tempts her to go beyondrepparttar 131497 threshold of what is ‘just enough’ groceries for granny. So, having already ‘gone too far’ with her ideas of right and wrong,repparttar 131498 little girl now picks an excess of fruit. Red Riding Hood also has imperfect knowledge ofrepparttar 131499 motives ofrepparttar 131500 wolf. In general, there will always exist a state of imperfect knowledge between grown men and women – even if they are mentally compatible. This is due torepparttar 131501 existence ofrepparttar 131502 female fertility cycle. Because a man cannot know what it is like to be a woman,repparttar 131503 level of imperfect knowledge is high enough to make both parties available to living trends. In factrepparttar 131504 fertility cycle is often atrepparttar 131505 root of those disembodied ‘forces’ called living trends. Red Riding Hood’s mum and dad were obviously living underrepparttar 131506 spell of a living trend and had drawn their daughter into it. Because ofrepparttar 131507 connection of imperfect knowledge withrepparttar 131508 fertility cycle,repparttar 131509 daughter is depicted as wearing a ‘Red Hood’. Therefore, to sum up, it is Red Riding Hood’s failure to ‘taprepparttar 131510 world lightly’, together with her received tendency to ‘eat ofrepparttar 131511 tree ofrepparttar 131512 knowledge of good and evil’, plus her ‘imperfect knowledge’ ofrepparttar 131513 motives ofrepparttar 131514 wolf, that combine to cause ‘crookedness’. The latter isrepparttar 131515 sign thatrepparttar 131516 little girl is about to participate in a new living trend. She now entersrepparttar 131517 world of living trends,repparttar 131518 ‘forest’ and gets to discover thatrepparttar 131519 ‘road to hell really is paved with good intentions’.

Virus of the Mind

Written by Tom Horn

VIRUS OF THE MIND You’ve heard of ordinary viruses – those microscopic entities that get inside your body and replicate themselves. They war against your natural resistances and make you feel rotten. And through your coughs and sneezes they jump onto other people and make them feel rotten too. Well, did you know that there are other kinds of tiny ‘organism’ called viruses ofrepparttar mind? What is a mind virus and are they a danger to us? A mind virus is a tiny ‘seed’ of information that somehow lodges itself within our minds. It is a ‘seed’, which, in given individuals, falls on ‘fertile ground’, germinates and then takes on a life of its own. It is as if this ‘germinated seed’ or ‘fascinating idea’ had an unconscious ‘intent’ and that blind urge is to replicate itself. For example, you hear a joke and, before you know it, you find yourself with an almost irresistible urge to spread it around. You hear a catchy tune sung by a show-off and before long you have joinedrepparttar 131435 ranks of punters who have boughtrepparttar 131436 recording. In this way jokes and tunes spread themselves aroundrepparttar 131437 world. Recently, in my neck ofrepparttar 131438 woods, children have been infected withrepparttar 131439 Pokemon mind virus. In no time at all children up and downrepparttar 131440 country have been gripped by a fanatical urge to purchase and saverepparttar 131441 ‘pocket monster’ cards. It has been a retailer’s dream. I noticed another mind virus when it hopped overrepparttar 131442 pond from America to England. This revealed itself when I saw large numbers of young people wearingrepparttar 131443 same baggy ‘street cred.’ type clothes with baseball caps worn withrepparttar 131444 peak atrepparttar 131445 back. They had all been infected with a mind virus. When you find masses of people thinking, saying or doing some particular thing, you can be sure that a mind virus is at work. This happens when people fall underrepparttar 131446 spell of an ‘….ism’. I’m thinking of socialism, conservatism, communism, monetarism, fanaticism, fundamentalism, Christianity..ism, etc. Mind viruses fill you with proselytizing zeal. You become possessed with a great desire to spread them far and wide and some mistakenly attribute this feeling to God. Some mind viruses appear fairly benign. But what do you do whenrepparttar 131447 idea becomes widely accepted amongst ordinary people that it is quite acceptable to create, on a weekly basis, piles of non-biodegradable waste, which has to be tipped into a big hole inrepparttar 131448 ground? What are you to conclude when masses of people think it perfectly reasonable live in a world of plastic, neon, concrete, steel, brick and asphalt. Now these are a couple of dangerous mind viruses. We must remember that mind viruses, like our genes, do not spread because they are any good, but rather because they are good replicators. Now consider your treasured identity - that strange complex of imperfect knowledge, fears, ambitions and masquerades, your public and private ‘faces’, which you call your ego. It could be nothing but a nest of mind viruses that combine to cloudrepparttar 131449 mirror of your awareness, to eventually sap your energy and to reduce your creative intent to that of folly. If you doubt this, just try to stop thinking for a few minutes and discover how difficult this is. You will find that you do not have thoughts at all, but that thoughts have you – in their grip! The inescapable conclusion is that a human being, with his or her genes and mind viruses, is simply a host torepparttar 131450 successful replicators. Is this not what we are? And, in our ignorance of this one fact, have we not just given in torepparttar 131451 urge to run amok on this wonderful self-organizing planet?

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