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Crutches — Trench We Dig for Ourselves

Trenches We Dig for Ourselves

About crutches and how we use them to deal with the turmoils of life

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My cousin, once told me, that all my attempts to intellectualize were a way to avoid dealing with my feelings. It was a distraction and only time was going to heal me. Every time I would come up with a clever answer to counter her argument, she would say, “bull shit!”. It was one of those moments when you feel like strangling the other person for not listening to you, but actually she was hammering my stiff ego and making it more flaccid.

There is a dichotomy, as we have to make a choice if we want to be healed or not, at the same time, we are at the mercy of time.

Our crutches, things we hold on to, such as our beliefs, habits, people, etc for support, actually imprison us. They give us a false sense of security. The more we cling on to these superstitions, the more it hurts us, because deep down we know that this is not who we are.

Go back to the time when you were born. You obviously won’t remember it but imagine you’re awakening from a deep sleep. You are slowly becoming aware of your environment and finally, you accept this animated body as your self. This is the belief that will govern your fate. Although it keeps you tied down, it is also a unique bond, that you must embrace to serve your purpose, knowingly or unknowingly. Eventually, you have to cut the umbilical cord.

Reality is just a crutch for people, who can’t cope with drugs. — Robin Williams

Billions of souls are released into this world, like sperms swimming in the vaginal canal. The more conscious they are, they stick to their mission and the most earnest one goes all the way, by becoming one with the ovum. The ones who are lost, they stuck on the walls. We either realize who we are or get consumed by the mind and are unable to get out of it. Perhaps, in most cases, it is fate, one may never know, but we do have a choice. If we think we don’t, then we are asleep.

I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. I laugh when I hear that people go on pilgrimage to find God. — Kabir


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