I really have no preconceived plan for the structure of this, so try not to get annoyed with the tangents…
Since joining this little community, I’ve had mixed emotions about its content. I know there’s a lot of love, and compassion, and understanding for fellow HEthens; It seems everyone is just looking for some answers. But I also see a lot of pride. Not in the hanging up an A+ on the fridge and boasting over cereal kind of way, but a defensive way. Sometimes it seems like people are trying to share ideas, other times it seems they’re trying to exude knowledge to stroke some undernourished ego. (Keep in mind I am not excluding myself from what I regrettably at the given time can only think to call accusations.) Anywho, all this has made me realize, it’s not just HighExistence where I’m seeing this. It’s everywhere all the time. And I think that’s what bothers me the most; this place isn’t an escape. Of course its a great place for people to express themselves and in doing that, creative colors truly show, but we can’t escape the undeniable truth; we’re just humans.
For anyone interested in psychology, you should read up on these:http://www.personalitypage.com/high-level.html
My buddy “diagnosed” (haha) me as an INFP
and yet, he changes his mind all the time. He says I’m odd and I change a lot and he can’t truly figure me out. Now, I’d venture I’m not the only one ever changing. Of course I’m not. But my entire personality is changing?
Which makes me think; what is our “personality”?
How we act? How we perceive things? Is there such a thing?
Does it matter?
Which brings me back (somehow?) to why I even brought up this site.
So I’ve been on the verge of laughter and tears for no reason all day, and I can’t decide if it’s what I’ve been thinking about or what I’ve been feeling emotionally and what not.
Oh right I remember where I was going with this haha
Is it a personality thing? And if it is, wtf does that mean???
So tell me, what’s your personality type?
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Is your personality, maybe, simply how other people relate you to themselves? Something you can hope to change by being mindful of it and attempting to manipulate it to better express your opinions and feelings, but I think at the end of the day most of our personality depends on whose ingesting it. :/ That’s why people always seem so mad when their friends get newer friends and there is an integral change in the “personality” of the prior friend. It’s the little part of us that fits in (or contrasts) at the time it is being observed? A gross conglomeration of noticed ideas, actions, and emotions?
I was struck by your statement, Rebecca: “We’re just humans”. It’s so true, and yet most of the time we seem to operate as if we can ‘beat the system’ and graduate to something higher in this life.
This truth is something that I have seen so clearly this semester. I’m taking an interpersonal communications class, and in it we deal with a lot of communication issues and personal problems. I keep coming back to the realization that we’re all just human. It’s actually kind of beautiful.
I think diagnosing people as say depressed, ADD/ADHD, etc., does nothing but lump that person into that category, almost forcing it on them like a label, and occasionally throwing some medicine at them. People are people, life is life, it has its ups and downs, we learn from the wrongs and teach from the good.
Let the river flow.
@Equanimity, “It’s so true, and yet most of the time we seem to operate as if we can ‘beat the system’ and graduate to something higher in this life.”
What makes us human? Does what the majority do count? So as long as we’re following the herd, we’re human? Is it our frontal cortex (I think that’s the word…)? Or opposable thumbs?
It brings to mind the quote “The limits of the possible can only be found by going beyond, into the impossible” by Arthur C Clarke. The only way to discover what makes us human, is by going beyond, and realizing “Hey, since I changed X, I am no human any more!” Someone has to make that first step towards “Higher existence”, so why can’t it be us? If we don’t know the limit, why invent one?
@rebecca, “What is our personality?”
I think our personality is how we choose to act at any given time. That’s why it varies. Sometimes (usually) my personality is to be very quiet, and not to say much. Just to observe what others are doing, and to listen. Other times, it is to be loud and to make myself heard, and to talk and make jokes. Others, it is to take a quiet lead, and show others what to do, or to take a loud lead, and teach others with purpose. Sometimes I blindly do things, and just follow along because others are doing it (not often, and making sure it is less and less often), and sometimes I follow along with others because I believe they are making the right choice.
We all have a choice in how passively or proactively we’re going to live our lives. And depending on how we act, that is our “personality”.
Sometimes, we project to be someone that we expect others to see in us. In psychology, this is referred to as the shadow self, where we project an identity that conforms to how other people may perceive us versus being true to who we really are. Some people may find out that they never knew who they were because they lived their lives through the expectations of how others will perceive them.
I want to bring attention back to the first part of this post, and instead of creating a new topic, add my own two cents.
HE is a great website for people to share thoughts and ideas, yes, but I am wondering if we’re not thinking and over thinking things a bit much? There are a lot of discussions on topics we cannot possibly ever figure out, and even if we ever think we are, we will most likely be wrong. So, is there too much thinking going on? Are we in fact improving things by thinking so much, or are we simply going after knowledge like consumers? As soon as we find an answer we lose interest and search for a new one. Does this actually make us really truly happy? Do we need to know the answers?