No One Can Save You From Yourself
This week I'm back to weekend experience community to share my opinion about the topic Galen has given us. You can check out the prompts here. This time I chose the following:
Psychic or fraud
Do you think psychics, tarot card readers, fortune tellers etc. actually have a skill or gift for it...or are they a sham, fraudulent, unscrupulous and simply preying on the weak-minded? Source
This topic is linked to another one that I've been planning to write about and never had the time to do it. So I think it's time to link the two and share my opinion. Fair warning, there's still time to turn around and leave happily, or please stay so you can throw some stones at me at the end after reading what I have to say about the matter.
I live in a country where fortune telling is neither common, nor popular. Nonetheless, there are people who believe in it. While I was at the university, we had colleagues going to the fortune teller to find out if they can pass the exams or not. Listening to their story always made me smile as passing the exam was not the goal, learning to know was, but they most likely failed to realize that.
Others for example tend to believe in horoscopes. There was a period when listening to the daily horoscope was a very popular thing to do in my country. People were eagerly waiting for the daily dose of horoscope in the radio, or read the horoscope section in the newspaper.
Honestly I don't know if fortune tellers or card readers have any skills or gift for it, or if there's any basis to it at all, but I se how can all this influence how people act.
People usually go to fortune tellers or card readers when they are in a tough situation and want to hear some good news. The news they get can be good or bad, there's no way to know what they are going to hear, but what matters is what they do with it.
Those who believe in these these things tend to take what they are told seriously. My university classmate for example stopped studying because she was told she's going to pass the exams and she was 100% convinced that's what's going to happen. Well, someone crossed some wires as she did not pass. But even if she would have, what good does it make if you get a diploma without learning. That piece of paper is not going to work instead of you.
In my opinion horoscope has the same effect on people. Being told that something good will happen to you and being convinced it's going to happen can stop you from working towards obtaining it, whatever that may be. Being told something bad is going to happen to you can have the same effect on you. You can change your plans and do nothing, trying to avoid that bad thing to happen, which may not happen anyway.
Religion can have similar effects on people. How many times we've heard people saying What God wants or whatever the Almighty you believe in is called. Being religious is not something I'm against, but leaving everything to God and doing nothing to help yourself is not something I support.
There's a saying in Hungarian. Help yourself and God will help you too. This means you need to pull your weight and God will help as well. Many are missing the first part and are just waiting for help without doing anything. You see this kind of behavior everywhere and it's the most damaging in my opinion.
In my opinion you make your own luck. Obviously there are situations in which you can do very little, as things don't depend on you, but in most cases you can do quite a lot, if you're willing to.
No One Can Save You From Yourself
The truth is life is not easy, no matter who you are or where you live. Every person has their own struggles and challenges. Some are facing financial difficulties, others are having health issues for example.
Charles R. Swindoll said "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." This may sound cheesy, but it is true. You can choose to listen to others telling you what's going to happen to you and do nothing. Or ignore the so called predictions and do what you want or what you can at least. Fight for your goals and dreams. Making your life better should be a priority over believing what others are predicting for you.
As soon as you take control of your life and start putting in some efforts, you'll see results coming. Stop being a victim and find a way to work towards your goals. Blaming others is the fastest road to nowhere. Waiting for others to solve your problems won't bring you results either. You don't need card readers and psychics to tell you what's going to happen to you.
This is a psychological game.
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Thanks so much for this amazing content. This reminds me of the first chapter of the book "How to win friends and Influence people". That we should not Complain, Condemn and Criticize. Doing this changes the way you perceive people but more importantly yourself.
Oh God, that book looks like the one I would run from :)
🤣🤣🤣 Oh I don't think so.
It's a very good book though.
A must read 🥰
Not for me, but thank you 😀
Always welcome 😊
In my country, there is a huge number of people who believe in it, but in our religion it is prohibited, As a muslim, i don't believe anything like this, no one knows the future, we don't even know about the next second of our life. It's all fake and fraud in my opinion.
Here mostly people from small villages believe in such things and those with less education. It's sad though.
I'm not going to throw stones at you, on the contrary, I'm going to avoid them, because I agree with you. At one point in my life, I was curious and exposed to this subject. My friends were fascinated by horoscopes and inevitably kept talking about it in conversation. They made a lot of assumptions about me and I told them that they were all true, but they weren't and they didn't even care. A week went by and I told them that nothing they said was actually true. They thought I was lying. It is always a bad thing to believe something blindly. Nobody will work for you, people can help you to overcome your difficulties, but if you don't try, nobody will make the slightest effort for you, because basically it's all about your effort. I love the quote @galenkp uses at the end of his posts.
I believe in this, everyone draws their own tomorrow. Of course your country is your destiny and there are things we cannot change but it is in our hands to change it as much as possible.
I didn't want to go into details about the horoscope in my post, but if you look at it, it is all about boxing people. They put all the people from the same zodiac in the same box, yet we all know people are very different. I hate it when they label you based on some written crap, before they even have the chance to know you.
Exactly! I remember some of my friends saying I met someone the other day but his zodiac sign didn't match me so I stopped talking to him. What? WTF? Some people exaggerate it so much.
This type of thinking reflects poorly on them, honestly. They don't even give a chance to the others, so we're better without them. I prefer not to reveal my zodiac sign as I know what's coming.
I totally agree with you.. The sooner we stop putting our life on the palm of other person's to predict or looking for a shorter way out the better it will be...
I believe hard work definitely pays despite how long it takes..
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us
Hard work is always better than waiting for a miracle.
Exactly my point 😊😄
Well said and I completely agree with it all.
I'm not one to believe in putting one's life in someone else's hands, especially an imaginary friend, and then doing nothing to actively work forward with one's life through ownership, discipline, responsibility and effort. I understand religion and faith, probably a lot more than many people actually, but I'm one to take my life into my hands rather than place it elsewhere and hope. It's the same with tarot, palm readers, fortune tellers and all.
It's easy to shift the onus elsewhere and hard to take it upon oneself and so people choose the former.
I respect religion and adnit that it teaches good things but hiding behind it and waiting for a miracle to happen is not something I like.
The other thing I don't like is the forgiveness they are promising and the devastating consequences of it. You go confess and you're forgiven. Then you do the same set of wrong things again because you know you'll be forgiven. Then this goes on forever.
I agree with your first line, faith is not a bad thing and if it inspires and empowers people to get up and take action, be active in their lives, than great. Leaving it to God though, putting it all in God's hands...Hmm, that seems like deflection to me, a cop out as we say here. People should take responsibility and ownership of their lives, that way, they only have themselves to blame when the fuck up.
I also agree with your second paragraph. It's convenient, the absolution-ethos. But manipulation is part of religion, look at how the church manipulated the masses to promote the Crusades, the same as how terrorist groups manipulate people now. And all in the name of God. Does anyone else see the problem here?
Anyway, this is a good post, I'd like to have some coffee and cake and discuss it further with you. I think it would be a valuable conversation.
I agree with you on that. There's a lot to say there and the cake is already served 🙂
Yeah I agree, we need to be taking control of our own lives, to take full responsibility. I've never been one for horoscopes or such things. It's our life to create. But recently I have gotten interested in Human design, which is actually really fascinating.
As long as you take charge of your own life, it is all good. Great response @erikah xxx
My thoughts exactly. The only way in life if you want results.
Learning about human design must be interesting indeed.
Greetings, I share with you that the future is created by fighting for one's dreams and not by experiencing witchcraft or tarot.
You know I laughed at your friend, thinking that she would pass the study by magic . 😂.
Many of us laughed at her as who does such thing?
I'm glad you think the same way as this is what makes us move forward.
Certainly there is a saying that faith without action is dead, is what you really say, many think that believing in God and asking for that alone will solve their problems, but if they don't take action and fighting for what they want nothing will happen it's as simple as that.
I wish they would read your comment. However, those who think like that don't want to hear this.
I don't believe in psychics or horoscopes and all that. But I do believe they have a skill that they developed over time. It could be reading other people's expressions, mannerisms, and body language to help them make their predictions more accurate. I consider it similar to a magician. There really is no magic, but it's the skill practiced by the magician [sleight of hand, misdirection, etc] that makes the illusion believable.
You may be right. I think there are a set of rules and they learn that. But this is just guessing.
Like you rightly said man is an architect of his life, this is because everyone has a natural gift of choice, and what you do with the choice determines the outcome you get.
That is very true.