Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”
The humanities and sciences of today verify this with behavioral studies and brain research. What a human being experiences shapes who the human being is, what the human being does, and how the human being expresses him/herself. Traumatic experiences shape fear, suffering, depression, anxiety, anger, and ill perspective. Uplifting experiences shape empowerment, peace, comfort, joy, and clarity. It makes sense, persons who have undergone more traumatic experiences than uplifting experiences struggle to internally shape, change, or discipline themselves to identify with how their trauma has meaning to be uplifting for themselves to keep going, as well, benefit the collective good. When one is a child, one is learning and absorbing environmental conditions and behavior from other humans like a sponge. If one is repeatedly exposed to trauma, abuse, neglect, depravity, degradation, violence, corruption, and/or emotional bankruptcy without a counterbalance in life, one will grow up with certain issues that may take a lifetime to overcome. Certain humans are more resilient and malleable in heart and mind than others. And some humans learn faster with more agility than others. It takes dedication and honesty with own self to accept what the truth is of your circumstances and experiences which shaped your consciousness’ identity to be the living breathing being you are right now. Only after reaching a certain level of awareness do humans see what is and what always has been is not what humans initially interpreted it to be. “It” can be your parents, your family, your friends, your job, your faith, your living space, your perception, your decisions, your own self. Only when a human is true are we given the opportunity in ourselves to either embrace the facts or dismiss the facts. No one knows your intimate history more than you. Only you can make sense of it all. Expressing it outwardly to others and asking questions can bring release, but they can’t piece the puzzle together for you because YOU are the puzzle pieced together when you actualize your true inner nature in accordance with your understanding of your experiences, whether traumatic or uplifting or otherwise. While children have no control over the life and challenges they are born into, it is the task and struggle of adults to discover or regain innocence, honesty, and clarity they were deprived of in childhood. This is what it means to ignite a patch of soul-light on planet Earth. This is what it means, to me, to be a human being.