Some people have trouble believing in their own wisdom, therefore they do not question anything around them. “Why should I question? There are experts out there who will tell me what to do.” The ability to question and to apply one’s own critical thinking to any situation is not a sign of weakness, but rather it demonstrates maturity.
How did following the crowd in anything become synonymous with strength? I suppose there is strength in numbers, so therein lies the crux. Following the crowd is easy and feels like the safe thing to do. It requires considerable inner strength to develop and maintain one’s own convictions, particularly when they fly in the face of the crowd.
There are those who talk about “love and light” as if that is the solution to all problems. Love and light are very important, yes, but that is only part of the equation. Part of living your own light is having discernment and the strength to say no to that which does not resonate with your own inner wisdom.
Inspirational Gautama Buddha quotes:
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
“Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.”
“Greater still is the truth of our connectedness.”
“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”