Know Jack #99

The world is full of good advice. There’s no shortage of experts to tell people how to do everything from aardvark herding to zydeco dancing. When all else fails simply Google it. The reservoir of knowledge is so fast and accessible that people no longer feel the need to know things for themselves.

Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. Few things are all bad through and through and nothing is good one hundred percent of the time. For you about to jump up and protest that love s always good…think again. Love had motivated parents to make excuses, subvert justice, hide crimes, lie, and do violence to “safeguard” their offspring. Anything taken to extremes, whether positive or negative, is an error in judgment.

So advice has the potential for good or bad and a wise man will listen to advice while deliberating a proper course of action. However, advice no matter how sage, or expertly given, has one weakness. It has no power to act on its own. The experts can tell us how or lecture us on necessity, but they cannot do it for us. The power to act on any advice has to come from within each individual.

I am glad for experts the world over, but the greatest advice a person will ever get comes from his own spirit. It is our spirit that tells us the whole truth about ourselves. Even so, it does no good to “Know thyself,” if that knowledge is not put to use. That is why so many changes experts propose for how to live our lives fail in the real world of our choices.

Changing one’s mind is often just a way of saying we have had a spiritual change in what we desire for our life. Change your mind, change your life.

As a postscript nowhere near this subject, beginning tonight I will be posting an excerpt from my NaNoWriMo project on Facebook and my blog as often as I can for the remainder of the way to 50,000 words by the end of this month. Check it out.

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