You Were Raised On A Lie

You were raised on a lie.

Work hard.

Work hard and you'll get what you want.

Work hard and you'll be valuable to others.

Work hard so others will revere your work.

Work hard, and when you're done you can finally enjoy yourself.

Work hard so you can get more, and then you'll be more.

Work hard so you'll have the right answers, and then you'll BE right.

Work hard and other people will respect you.

Work hard and you will be loved.

Work hard.

Work hard.

Work hard.

All not true.

All of these point right at "so that" and "in order to." Which is a place we've been taught to come from - doing a certain thing or being a certain way so that we get something or in order to get somewhere.

Work hard and you'll get what you want. What do you want? Why do you want it? Is that a true expression of you?

Work hard and you'll be valuable to others. How this should really read is, "Put yourself in the trap of working hard to get somewhere so that other people who are in the same trap will find your work valuable. That way you can bask in the suffering of empty struggle together." You are inherently valuable as you are. Your job is to know yourself to the bone.

Work hard so others will revere your work. Create what YOU revere. Others will join.

Work hard and when you're done, you can finally enjoy yourself. If work and enjoyment are separate, find new work or create enjoyment in the work you're doing. Then see how hard it feels.

Work hard so you can get more, and then you'll be more. How's this one working out? Being more has nothing to do with the property and prestige and whatever else you might be trying to get. There's one road to being more: look inward, stay with the experience, know thyself, express that.

Work hard so you have the right answers and then you'll BE right. BEing right has nothing to do with the right answers. Experts might disagree, but what we could use more of is experts who still possess the innocence of not knowing the answers.

Work hard and other people will respect you. You are inherently respectable. Do you take the time to explore and acknowledge the respectableness in yourself?

Work hard and you will be loved. That sounds like some damn conditional love to me. Love yourself from purity, as purity, and see how much you need the transactional love of "work hard and you will be loved."

All you seek from hard work is inherent.

Your rightness.

Your birthright to enjoy life.

Your value to others and to the world at large.

To create what you REALLY want.

Being respected and loved.

Who you ARE.

All you really want is inherent.

The question is, will you look inward enough to create it without the "so that" and "in order to" baggage?

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