I have been reading things recently and watching things on t.v. as well, which have led me to suddenly realize that the opinions and thought patterns of people these days, are greatly influenced by a mainstream social opinion and method of thought. For example, when we look into the direction of Hollywood and the Fashion Industry, we will see masses of people who are directly involved in it as well as those directly influenced by those directly involved— who are somehow greatly swayed by the idea of having zero percent body fat. Incredibly, it is nothing but a simple social suggestion that manages to throw off these individuals' awareness of things as basic as nutrition and well-being. Incredible. And so we have some of the world's wealthiest and most fortunate people, eating only as much as the poverty-stricken, famine-stricken people in Uganda and Namibia. This is not logical, it is not sensible, and yet it is so alarming how something as stupid as that, can become such a daily true thought in the minds of these individuals, only because of it being a collective social thought!
There are many examples, actually. Another is simply how one would react to things and say things. People's reactions and words seem to be cookie-cutter these days and don't actually mean anything, anymore. If you don't laugh in this manner— it means you are awkward. If you do not react in this way to this thing— it means either A or B or C. As a result— people are no longer who they are. In fact, they don't even know who they are, anymore.
Digging deeper here, there is also the underlying truth that human beings are so afraid of going anywhere near the things that they are used to, which they want to get rid of. For example, you will find that people in this day and age are so fixated on being "classy" (whatever their own interpretations of the word are) but you will find that their predisposition to this certain way of being is derived from their desire to escape their "non-classy" background. And this same escapism is echoed into many branches of life. People are running away from what they don't want to be, and as a result, there is so much more focus given on the thing/s that they don't want— that they fail to recognize what it is that they do want. People run away from their pasts, from their worst experiences, from what is it that they don't want to identify themselves with and the unfortunate result is that they go out into the world and they end up looking for what they don't want, only because what they run away from is always present in their minds.
I am of course not saying that every single person falls into these pitfalls I'm discussing here. But I am saying that a great, great, great number of us do. Now, one must first embrace where he/she has come from, accept and forgive it, and then he/she will finally be able to go out into the world without blindfolds and see what it is that he/she actually does want! Only when we embrace and accept our pasts can we truly move forward and make something new and entirely independent of it. Fear and hate have a signature way of pulling you back into them. But they're not actually trying to hold onto you; they're there to keep on taking you in, in order to push you away. You actually have to sort of say "I acknowledge your existence" and then you will be able to move away.
As for mainstream social opinion— I believe this is most unfortunate. You meet people and you're unable to actually meet the person because you are meeting a prototype, a similar thing as to everything else. A similar opinion, similar fears, similar reactions and words and reactions. Then why are you here on this earth, anyway? Huh? Let me ask you that. Think about it. Then why the heck are you here? Why did you come here? Why are you alive! Because I think that you ought to wake up and realize that there is a sky above you, there is soil beneath you and there is a fire within you! And these are the things that are real! You are not able to see yourself as a material suspended in the material that you are placed in— you are unable to see yourself exactly for what you exist as in time and space— you are blind! You are unaware!
Look and see what you are—human with air in your lungs, you have a fire in your spirit, you have the wind which you can breath into you, the sky that illuminates your world! You can walk on rock and soil and mountains! What are you doing with your time? What are you doing with all of this? Are you really going to spend the rest of your time lost in a mainstream opinion of yourself? A mainstream opinion of everything else and everyone else around you? Are you going to spend your time fixated on the popular opinion of what you say and how you react and what you are? You are lost because you cannot see yourself.