I am watching an SG-1 episode and I really like how thoughtful it is in pointing out different points of view. In this episode Daniel is infected by an alien virus that causes him to appear insane. Then the proof finally comes when it goes away from him.
It brings things into sharp focus when you see in a story the assumptions of how reality is. I like how Daniel wasn’t crazy, but didn’t have a good experience with people who are only trained to see crazy. I see very often in daily life that people disregard others and consider them crazy because they don’t fit into their idea of what life is. I like that in this episode mental illness is shown realistically in that the person who is perceived can’t show they aren’t crazy.
We all have our own beliefs and ideas that if we were to verbalize would seem crazy. It is crazy when a beautiful woman thinks she is fat, or when a smart man considers he is dumb. Often the only difference between people who are considered crazy and those who aren’t, is that as a society we perceive certain things as crazy.
A study backs this up. I have often spoken about how being grateful has helped me to focus on the positive things in life. I have learned that when I face things I can’t change, I have to accept and feel gratitude for the positive things in the world. This has helped me in so many ways, and made my daily life improve with age.
I have often thought that life is a process of giving birth to the kind of person you wish to be. We all face challenges in life, but how we respond to those challenges determine who we are as a person. Sometimes it can feel frustrating when you do what seems to be “the right” thing and those who are selfish and mean seem to get ahead. However we often see in the long-term that those are not the happiest people in the world. The happiest people seem to be the ones who feel good about who they are because of who they are, not because they have an external job, reward or experience that gives them a passing sense of pleasure.
Don’t get me wrong, nothing is wrong with pleasure. I have learned in life that to be happy I have to balance everything, not just focus on one aspect like a job, relationship or my physical well-being. It is kind of fun actually. Everyday I get to find ways to keep balanced internally and find ways to be kind and compassionate to others. You have many opportunities in life to leave the world better than you found it.
When you think about it, our existence is so improbable that we have to be grateful to just be alive. Maybe we suffer, maybe we die before we need to, but that’s OK if our life helped improve the world. I think the saddest life is one in which the opportunity to love and be kind wasn’t exercised.