Our cultural folklore is a powerful element shaping our thoughts and values. But, unfortunately, each society is so immersed in their propaganda that they don’t see it. Real freedom starts when we learn to question the narrative.
“The starting point to freedom is to begin questioning the cultural narrative you have been sold.” — Bryant McGill
Freedom and independence are the basis for a healthy society. There are many levels of independence, and it all begins with freedom of thought. The next level is freedom of expression. Once we have the freedom to think and express ideas, we progress to freedom of choice and behaviors. Freedom has healthy boundaries that do not interfere with others’ rights, nor does it harm others. Healthy autonomy does not show favoritism or sectarianism.
You can tell when a culture is trying to hide its true intentions. For example, a government doesn’t say we are a fascist regime, and it will merely fight against anti-fascists. However, it will stop you from challenging the cultural narrative that supports fascism and corruption.
When corruption and favoritism exist, not everyone can be free. It’s why we should not accept fairy tales, which the dominant religions present as facts. We should be skeptical. It helps us spot the negative bias and prejudice of an unjust system. True freedom starts when it is acceptable to begin questioning everything. Then, the truth can stand on its own.
Your own spiritual beliefs should not be the basis for creating rules to govern other people. What you believe about things you cannot prove should not be a benchmark to make laws. Superstition and mythology should not be the source of policies that govern our society, but this is sometimes the case.
Questioning the Cultural Narrative
Many sages tell us that the starting point to freedom begins with challenging the status quo. For example, the story of Jesus in the New Testament is one of an outcast who is challenging the fabric of society.
Some believe this is the first step of the awakening process. It requires courage to challenge these systems. You will encounter resistance as you question the stories which support cultural folklore.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” From the article —”Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'” LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) ― Albert Einstein
If you investigate the culture, eventually, it will lead to your personal beliefs. People learn to protect their ideas about themselves and their culture because their beliefs are often a significant part of their identity. Don’t let this stop you. It’s okay to question what you believe. It is the basis for a healthy mindset. However, if you are outspoken, you may become marginalized and isolated from your current circle of friends. Your family may distance themselves or even reject you once you question the culture’s folklore and superstition. True freedom starts when you dare to speak the truth.
People protect their cultural narrative or national folklore. They believe it even if they don’t know the facts. Investigating the concepts of a belief system can be a challenging undertaking. In some cultures, you may even put yourself in physical danger.
As a heretic or an outcast, the path of solitude is sometimes the best and only option, but freedom is worth the cost. Don’t be like most people. Don’t accept things at face value—question everything. Seek the facts; you’ll be glad you did.
Freedom Starts When We Begin Questioning
Critical thinking is the foundation of logic. It’s part of a holistic approach for developing the mind, body, and spirit. Enhancing your critical thinking also includes doing what’s appropriate for your health. That means every day can be a starting point to freedom.
If you are going to investigate anything, you need the right tools. We recommend starting with the study of logical reasoning. First, it will give you a foundation of understanding of deductive and inductive logic. And, second, it provides an insight into the correct use of these types of arguments and premises. Finally, they help us understand how people use language to sell everything from products to ideologies.
Next, we recommend studying two other related mental tools for spotting logical fallacy and the truth-seekers axioms. The tool for spotting logical fallacy outlines the common misuse of logic. These help us spot other ploys and tactics that can deceive or mislead us. Another critical tool for questioning the cultural narrative is comparative analysis.
A comparative analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious research. It bases this approach on the scientific model. In this way, we can systematically compare ideas and beliefs from different worldviews and religions.
True freedom starts when you have the tools to begin questioning. We recommend using a process called Comparative Analysis. This a scientifically structured form of comparative religious study. It helps us investigate our beliefs by comparing them with other religions’ concepts. Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks. It helps to research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. You can use them with everything from religion and politics to your favorite news program.
An emotional check is a process that helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium. It helps to minimize the effects that our emotions have on our ability to evaluate and analyze data. In addition, stopping to consider our feelings ensures we minimize internal bias.
Any time you engage in spiritual research, always use them regularly. It will ensure you stay as unbiased as possible. Be aware that when you question the cultural narrative, it will bring up some powerful emotions.
Emotional checks will reduce stress and increase the accuracy of our research. Think of it as a safety net to catch us when we fall into emotional distress. When we face ideas conflicting with our current opinion, it creates a dilemma. We instinctively react to protect our sacred ground. You don’t want to research while in a state of distress.
Starting Point to Freedom
When we begin questioning the national folklore, one thing we discover is how much effort they spend on denying our spiritual side. The cultural narrative suppresses and demonizes information about anything that threatens its control.
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
The dominant culture promotes counterfeit worldviews, distracting us from the inner journey. They want to make sure that what you believe supports their superstition and mythology.
We are creatures who have an undeniable drive to explore the unknown. But, the national folklore does not support this quest. Instead, it presents us with the counterfeit of the Abrahamic religions (1). These are also known as Western organized religions, the mythologies of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
There are many varieties within the Abrahamic religions. They all sell a version of the afterlife as a way of diverting us from exploring the unknown existential fear of death. However, there is a more direct way to explore the unknown. We call this approach spiritual exploration using a variety of spiritual technologies.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Don’t settle for what you believe. Instead, start questioning the cultural narrative, and don’t stop. Learn to challenge everything, including the government, religion, and cultural standards. It will help you become a freethinker, even if you cannot fully exercise it in all actions. Many people undertake this journey solo or with others on the same mission. If you are looking to begin your spiritual quest, we are here to assist.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia