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With these words alone (see quote), Miguel Ruiz is exactly the reason I find inspirational literature highly suspect, especially when I find it on tumblr. On tumblr, stuff is oftentimes just floating around out there in space with no context and sometimes even no source material.

Its not like I’ve never read anything inspirational and it resonated with me at that time.

But I wonder what the world would be like if no one ever took anything personally. “What others say and do is a projection of their own reality”? Their dream? And if the violent reinforcement of their reality happens to cause like, I don’t know, oppression and suffering in your reality, what should you do then? Offer them a teddy bear and a hug?

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

–Miguel Ruiz

Ruiz’s words sound very nice but the truth is people are simply NOT immune to each other, be it in actions, opinions, or otherwise. People do not live in a vacuum. As if most people choose to be the victims of “needless suffering”. Suffering is oftentimes not chosen, in my experience, and it disgusts me when these vaunted so-called enlightened types come along and start with this stuff.

Usually when I see something has a certain degree of popularity and the sheep people are cosigning on it, its usually not worth my time to look at it but that doesn’t mean I have no thoughts or feelings about it. I can’t really say much because I don’t much about this guy other than what I quickly looked up and the quote I unfortunately cam across. This Oprah-book-club- put-it-on-a-Chicken-Soup-for-the-Soul-calendar-inspirational-blah-blah stuff always makes me suspicious. Because I don’t believe most actual people think like this–I don’t think like this, and the people I’ve known who do think like this are the blindest, most bigoted, unhappy and deluded people I’ve ever seen.

So I guess I’m not feeling the inspirational literature vibe today….