We Are Preoccupied With “Roles” And Therefore Forever Measuring Up To “Ideals”

Concerned Global Citizen
4 min readOct 2, 2020

We are forever on a psychological treadmill called “psychological time.”

To listen to the talking heads, and news is definitely painful. The human that is Donald Trump is constantly being referred to as the human that is supposed to be “president”.

What does it mean to be “president?”

Is it not just some set of ideas, or ideals of how a person occupying the role of “president” should be?

And then what happens?

The same old thing that always happens. The human that is Donald Trump is then constantly being recorded, measured, and compared to the ideals that make up the role.

I’d like to pause for a moment, and just repeat that because it’s such of immense significance and importance:

The human that is Donald Trump is then constantly being recorded, measured, and compared to the ideals that make up the role.

This “behavior”, or this “activity” is what we are ALL constantly engaging in both internally, and externally. The “measure”, “record”, “recall”, “compare”, and “judge” process of thought itself. And the impetus for the whole thing is the possession of, or belief in ideals of some kind. Beliefs that form the basis of projections of “what should be”. This act of “projecting” itself is what creates division.


To answer this question, we need to look at what it means to “project.”

Well, we are “projecting an idea, or ideal.”

Here’s is an example ideal that goes into making up the role of president:

“The President should be a person that denounces white supremacy.”

Or, more generally…

“The President should be a person that denounces all forms of hatred and violence.”

Now what does this thought/belief/idea do?

Right on the face of it, it creates an opposite notion as well, as it must in order for it to even exist. So the notion “The President should NOT be a person that supports any form of hatred and violence” is then also simultaneously created. So this construct can be seen as the creation of two opposing poles, or opposites.

I’d like to pause here for just a moment so that we may allow ourselves to “register”, “acknowledge”, or “see” this fact together. See the completely, and totally dependent nature of this thought construct, and then go on to see that ALL forms of thought possess this very same characteristic. So any and every “belief” sets up this very same construct. All one has to to do is “see” this and radical inner transformation and mutation occurs.

So thought naturally creates these two poles, or in another words, thought creates division. Thought then, when used in the formation of ideals, or when used in the formation of things that don’t presently exist, or in other words, when used in the service of desire, creates this division in the form of “what actually is” and “what should be”. This division then goes on to create conflict both within us, and then by extension, also outside of us, as we battle to attain the desire thing, and/or battle to retain the desired thing. And so this mental movement causes us to live in a near constant state of conflict with “what actually is”, again, both internally and externally.

The division creates psychological time, because time is required to “become”, to reach the “desired outcome”. And so we are locked in the process of moving through this psychological time. It is psychological time in which the “measure”, “record”, “recall”, “compare”, and “judge” process of thought occurs. Therefore, because the object of desire is not real, neither is the psychological time that is created to obtain the object of desire. So we are spending our lives inside of falseness. And again, because of the law of opposites, all we have to do is “flip the bit” in order to then live in trueness, or truth. This “bit flip” is really just like switch, a light switch to be exact. The light in this analogy being the illumination of the awareness of this whole movement. The present moment, acknowledgement, or “seeing” of this entire process of thought. When this occurs a radical inner transformation and mutation likely soon follows.

Is any of this true?

Please look to see if you can see what is being point to here for yourself. Observe like a scientist, impartially. If you’re partial to something other than what it is you’re observing while you’re observing, then you’re probably not really observing, and if you’re not observing then you have no chance of “seeing” and then really changing.