In a world consumed by hate, fear, insecurity, death, and sickness we are pacified by lies. Our loved ones and those who “motivate” us make us feel better about ourselves by justifying where we are at in our life with lies and sugarcoating. We look at who we are and maybe are unhappy with it, but then when we interact with the world our untrue self is justified. We are told that we are “ok.” Our society calls telling someone that they are fat, “fat-shaming.” Throughout our lives we absolve ourselves from the sins of our own lies by judging others, being blind to ourself, and putting up walls around our soul. This needs to stop.
Commitment is a mindset and so is every other positive attribute of a truly successful person. I do not mean successful in the contemporary societal sense. When I say successful I mean that your life, your journey is successful. That you are living your most fulfilling life and that you are true to yourself. To achieve this goal we must face many obstacles and the journey is never ending. On this journey lies and sugarcoating from those around us are poisons. The main thing is that we started it and that we have committed to it. The hardest part may be the first step.
This is the goal of the Redefine Us Project. To redefine who we are as a society and as people. To collectively and singularly take that first step. A duality expressed in change. We are a people obsessed with vice and this Project aims to make us, collectively, focus on truth. Our experience should not be tainted by lies. Our journey must not be dissuaded by justifications of where we are at in a journey untrue to ourselves. We cannot make others feel better about themselves by condoning their unhealthy and poisonous actions.
Many see honesty as an affront on themselves, but the truth is they are afraid of honesty because they cannot face who they truly are. When they look in the mirror they may say to themselves, “I am happy.” However, when someone tells them what the world really sees the person who looked into the mirror cowers and hides. They retreat further into the lie that is their life. Honesty is not cruelty, it is a harsh kindness. Our world is filled with pointless delicacy. People are much tougher than they give themselves credit for, yet our world has bred a race of fragile vases. They break easily and have nothing inside to give.
The Redefine Us Project must transcend preconceived notions of nice and mean. The Redefine Us Project will seem cruel or callous to some and to others it will be an expression of the truth in our lives. That our journeys are fraught with obstacles, but the only way to overcome them is to be honest with ourselves. This Project will spread the honesty that our society so dearly needs. It is not an affront on your person, but an affront on the fiction of health and life that our society has so brilliantly fed us. Do not be frightened, insulted, or offended, but pick yourself up of your chair and begin to change your life for the better. So let us all embark on this journey to redefine all of us!