Generally speaking, most people share stuff on Facebook that strikes a chord with them, or that they think is cute or funny (cat videos), or interesting or informative.
So, I am going to assume that Nicole thought this was at least worth reading.
We are some of the first people to explore a way of being that is not premised on survivalism as our operating principal (sic).
What? Read that again. I’ll wait. Who is “we”? People living in 2015, as opposed to people living in 1715? Or people living in 2015, as opposed to people living 25, 000 years ago? Jeff Brown doesn’t say.
But he mentions “career paths” and “life partners,” and that would imply at least some modernity. I suspect he’s not comparing “people living in 2015” to hunter-gatherers.
But anyway, all that mattered to these other people, from this unknown time, is that they survived. What was for dinner. And now, it’s all different. We don’t give a shit what’s for dinner.
So because we don’t give a shit anymore about dinner, we can think about lofty things like “living from our truth” (whatever the hell that is), from the “soul outward” (because nobody ever thought or talked about souls until 2000 or thereabouts).
And this has resulted in a “profound consciousness shift on the planet.”
And Jeff and all folks like him are “pioneers of truth,” with nobody to follow. That’s why this whole thinking thing is so hard. Nobody ever, ever had to do it before. You know, about having meaning to your life, or about taking control of your own destiny. Stuff like that. Nobody.
Oh. Except. . .
“First say to yourself what would you be; and then do what you have to do.”
Epictetus (C. 55 – C. 135) Greek Stoic Philosopher
“Take charge of your thoughts. You can do what you will with them.”
Plato (428-327 BC) – Greek Philosopher and Prose Writer
“Learn what you are and be such.”
Pindar (522-438 BC) – Greek Poet
“Our life is what our thoughts are make it.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180) Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher
“What we are is what we have thought for years.”
Gautama The Buddha (560-480 BC) – Indian Spiritual leader and Founder of Buddhism
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Solomon (10th Century BC) – King of Israel & reputed author of Biblical Books
I guess they scribbled down those thoughts while scrabbling about hunting for dinner. History, like math and English, is hard.