I was just reading an article that says that once we recognize moments when we react out of a fear of being out of control we may begin to realize that control leads to a more civilized society (http://www.michaeleducationalfoundation.com/michael-system-basics/overview-of-the-michael-teaching/soul-perception-on-the-physical-plane). Something made me stop and begin to ask a ton of questions – if control leads to a more civilized society then what does civilized mean? Does civilized leave room for creativity? Where do we draw the line between controlling ourselves and others controlling us? How much of control is born from society, religion, government imposing the will of wanting to have a non-questioning and docile community?
There are 2 ways to perceive the word control – I control myself (list mentioned earlier) which is touted as a positive thing to achieve and others control me, which most people reject immediately and completely. Where is the line drawn and what’s the difference? If I have total control over my body and mind what would my reaction when new feelings/thoughts/questions begin to arise? If I control my children based on the rules of a more civilized society (don’t run in the grocery store, don’t throw mud at others, keep your hands to yourself, ask for what you want politely, don’t interrupt an adult when they are speaking, work hard to get approval, etc) and they grow up to be a polite and hard-working adult in society, then how does transformation come about and who actually tells the truth rather than simply what people want to hear?
I don’t pretend to answer this question but I would love to begin a dialogue … what is the value of control and what is the relationship between control and transformation?