If you watch old Samurai movies, or old Chinese Kung Fu movies, you may notice that some of the dudes have interesting hair-do’s.
The tops of their heads are bald, but they’ve got these pony tails in back.
Turns out that one of the old emperors decreed that EVERYBODY has to cut their hair like that.
To show their allegiance or something.
All the men went, “Ok!”
But all the women said, “Um, no.”
I remember when I was a kid. In The U.S. they tried desperately to get everybody to start using the metric system.
But most people said, “Um, no.”
There’s a famous story that happened during WWI, between the Brits and the Germans.
It’s pretty complicated, involving theories of human altruism, “tit for tat” behavior, but the gist of it is pretty fascinating.
You had Brits on one side, Germans on the other. They had “learned” without speaking to each other to “pretend” to shoot at each other.
The Germans would blast some trees to the right of the Brits, and the Brits would reciprocate.
Everybody was happy, nobody was getting killed.
Basically the leaders of each country told the young men to go and kill each other.
And the young men figured out a way to say, “Um, no.”
Of course, once the dudes in charge found out, they put everybody on rotation, so they wouldn’t “learn” to “not kill” each other.
And shoot at each other like obedient soldiers!
Truth is that no matter who you are, where you are, what you’re doing, there’s always going to be some dude in charge who wants to tell you what to do.
And it’s up to YOU to accept it, and do it, or say, “Um, no.”
Of course, this can lead to serious trouble. It helps to understand WHY you are doing things, even if you’re being told to do them by other people.
Nobody wants “The Man” coming down on the for disobedience!
One way to not feel so “trapped” even when we HAVE TO do what we’re told, is to always have plenty of ways to look at things.
Plenty of people have died throughout history in POW camps. Most thought it was a horrible experience.
Others found a way to find freedom even there.
The more control you have over your mind, the more control you’ll have over your life.
If you control your mind, and your thoughts COMPLETELY, there’s not much others can do to rain on your parade.
Luckily, there’re plenty of practice exercises to help you strengthen your mind.
Giving you a MASSIVE advantage, one that only YOU know about.