'Why Zebras don't get ulcers' is a book. Robert Sapolsky wrote it. I would urge anyone to read it. It's great. The book is about stress. This post is about greatness. I interpret things weirdly... just bear with me because I believe the book discovered something which has enormous ramifications for your own personal freedom and this post really isn't that long! This is what it found:
When lions are hunting zebras they are typically unable to find and kill many of the zebras because the zebras are camouflaged against eachother! Therefore, when lions would attack the zebras the zebras would disperse and because they all looked so similar the lions would lose track of the specific zebra they were hunting and would consequently fail the hunt! Seeing this, Sapolsky and his researchers thought it might be interesting to monitor the stress levels that were exhibited by the zebras before and after the attempted attack from the lions. So what they did was attach a cattle-clip to one of the zebra’s ears and then measured the heart rate variability of the zebra with a plan to find that specific zebra after the lions had attempted their hunt and then measure it again.
Of course this didn’t quite go to plan. The lions found and killed that zebra almost immediately!! Why? Because it's easy to kill that which stands out! And that is the critical point to this post. I posit that humans share this 'safety in the herd' reality which means we give up our individuality for fear of standing out.
In fact, I believe it is so unbelievably critical that you understand yourself deeply in this day and age yet this is brushed under the carpet of civilisation so efficiently that one wouldn’t be too off the mark by stating that the ‘individual’ has become obsolete! Obviously there's safety in the herd and obviously an inability to relate to the ‘group’ would make life very dangerous indeed. But being another cow in the cattle isn’t what the world needs right now and the fact that you’re reading this post tells me that it’s not what you’re after either. Understanding who you are is the most important thing you need to address.
When you were very young, you had quirks and nuances about you that made you who you were. Maybe you were compassionate, maybe you were a leader, maybe you were a joker, maybe you were shy, or maybe you were physically ostentatious; whatever it was... you need to understand that the world you see around you today has done a very efficient job of nullifying all of that beautiful 'uniqueness' and has ‘normalised’ you in a very horrific way! If you do not make an exertive effort to figure out exactly where your individuality got lost you will never be able to understand exactly what it is you can offer the world. If you don’t do this you will spend your life blending neatly into a confused, scared crowd whilst working long hours for someone who figured out their gift long before you. You NEED to fix this! If it's a long chat with your parents you need to have about your childhood? then have it. If you have to nostalgically go through your photo albums and school books? do it. Whatever it takes, you must do it! because even the best amongst us who seem to be able to try their hand at everything and succeed will be OUT-MASTERED by someone who has followed their true calling.
So don't be a zebra! They don't get ulcers but they don't get admired much either!