Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
~ Albert Einstein
About a year ago, I was at a “heart-centered” conference. The last speaker scheduled came on and said he was a stock investor who figured out an easy system to make money on stocks, and the system only invested in companies that had same values as the investor had.
I was amazed to learn that the offer that followed his presentation was free. All we had to do was travel to his home in Atlanta for three days, and we would get his training for free.
He said he was just doing this from the generosity of his heart because he was doing well himself, and he simply wanted to help people achieve their own financial freedom.
WOW. To say I was sold and excited is an understatement. And in recent years it has been very hard to get me excited and emotional about any investment opportunity.
Years ago this was not case. I would have been jumping up and down on my seat and would have been the first one in line to sign up. So this guy had to be very convincing to persuade me—I thought he was doing something kind because it was at a “heart centered” event.
I signed up for the event in Atlanta and came home. At home I did some investigating on the internet and discovered the gentleman who gave me this offer didn’t have a very good reputation.
I emailed and received emails from people who I met at the conference who found out the same thing I had learned. The people who I was communicating with via email and I all decided not to go.
Also I decided to let people know what I found on the conference’s Facebook group page. In my heart I felt it was the right thing to do. I knew if the situation was reversed, I would want to know this information. The response from some of the people in this group was very strange to me.
Some people reacted as if I was lying and obviously didn’t want to look into what I had found. They acted as if they knew this was the greatest thing since sliced bread and nobody was going to tell them anything different. Or, as it seemed to me, they were putting their heads in the sand.
I take things like what I discovered seriously—I also let the person who hosted the conference know. I told her that I thought she should know what I found and maybe she could prevent people from going and losing money. She said she would do something about it, but I don’t think she ever did.
What is the purpose of me telling you this story? I think we have one of the most powerful things inside of us, and it’s called a “Questioning Attitude”. If this one thing was used by many, I think the world would be a lot better and more beautiful.
The opposite of the questioning attitude is complacency or going along with anything and everything. Fear stops us from following our heart and inner guidance. We all have been taught that we get rewarded for following the status quo.
When we were young, having a questioning attitude was something that was looked down upon, frowned upon, and punished. We have been taught by people who also were taught: Don’t rock the boat, and, Go along with the group.
I want to make something very clear—I’m not advocating using a questioning attitude by being rebellious. But there is great power in all of us to use a questioning attitude with love.
Think of all the peacemakers and Heroes before us who used a questioning attitude with love. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were huge examples of how this is done.
Think of Rosa Parks who was very courageous and used a questioning attitude to stay seated on the bus. What Rosa did was a huge moment in the civil rights movement, and it helped black people gain rights that were once considered to be reserved for whites only.
Many times someone’s purpose in life is found in questioning something that they would like to see better in the world. There is nothing more meaningful than doing something to make someone else life better.
Get real quiet and go inside and find the reason you came to planet Earth. And when you find it, give this gift to the world with love.
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