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The three problems of life: knowledge, behaviour, control

The three problems of life

Edited by Marco Ferrini

For those who want to make this journey, there are three problems to be addressed: knowledge, behaviour and the management of the whole thing, or control. Knowledge is important, because without knowledge nothing can be obtained: only fools try to do things before they could understand why and how. If you have friends of this type, please try to convince them that they should first invest in knowledge, the best investment one can do.

If they answer that knowledge is expensive, tell them they have no idea of how expensive ignorance is, how much damage it makes, how much devastation it causes, at all levels: individual, family, society, planet. Think about Nazi Germany, Soviet gulags or other similar monstrosities of history.

In brief, there are three kinds of problems that we must face: knowledge, behaviour and the management of things and situations. Genuine nobility also means being able to make the proper use of things, starting with relationships with people, the most valuable patrimony. Then we should also make good use of other resources: why should we be leaving the lights on in an empty room? Why leaving the windows open while the heating is on? These are just a few examples.

People who have no knowledge cannot have a good behaviour, because they are not capable of governing themselves, what to speak of governing others; they are messy, inefficient, and their problems gradually influence their bodies too, creating bad health both at the psychic and at the physical levels. Putting order in one's life means managing it nicely, and this is not something we can improvise: we must learn from someone who is able to teach it.

Behaviour, too, cannot be improvised. Many people, believing themselves to be genuine and spontaneous, say, “I behave like this because I feel like behaving in this way”. This means acting on impulses, but those who follow the impulses of the mind without a rational verification often end up in tragedies or difficult relationships, or even with no relationships at all.

Without a careful verification, which absolutely requires knowledge, you should not go where your tendencies would like to take you, because nobody can give an absolute guarantee the result will be good. Later on we will see what is the origin of tendencies, and that some of them must be corrected as soon as possible. The best benefit we can give to a person is to correct his negative tendencies, the destructive, criminal, violent tendencies, some of which are inborn in the sense that are carried over from previous lifetimes. By studying the psychology of early childhood and adolescence, or the psychology of the cycle of life (described in one of our courses) we can come to understand what are the implications of birth and death, these two “stages” of embodied life. Death does not annihilate life, it simply transfers it from one dimension to another.

Back to our topic, we have said that the types of thoughts we choose will bring us good or bad things in life. The corresponding emotions will create a disastrous situation when they are badly managed, but when they are nicely managed even an objectively negative circumstance can be utilized in a positive way. It will then become a real treasure and make you richer, because actually fortune and misfortune are not in the events themselves, but in our reactions, in the way we relate to the events.

Nothing and nobody can offend us: we are the only ones who can create the offence to ourselves. Unless “we” decide to feel offended, nothing and nobody will be able to offend us. Therefore the most important thing is our psychological ability to face the events, transforming the produced energy in whatever way we like.