"Losing one's Religion"
This has to take place,I know from experience,I also know one has to have something to replace it!,or else it is dangerous to the mind.I fairly sure in the Bible,for example there is a verse that says something to the effect of, " Look around all around,the trees,the woods,all of life,the rocks,the earth all of all,,That is Me,,,"Nature"..the "Purest Form"..like Simone Weil tries to explain in Gravity and Grace,,the Void must be created,in order to allow "God" to enter one's being. Key is becoming Open minded
, or the Starting Point, to self-actualization,true Spirituality,is...... Losing one's Religion's
" In my opinion if a " Individual" isn't open-minded, the individual has greatly hindered themselves for Growth "
I very much agree with Leo in his video here, That we must first,,,,realizing there is no Certainities or everything can't be Rationalized based on what is based on just on Rational thinking.thus one must grow to see with a open-mind,not based on all those "Old" pre-conceived Notions.
Become Eccentric,thus break free of collective "Ego" of society
In Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness, psychiatrist David Weeks explains that eccentrics are physically healthier and significantly happier than “normal” people. He notes that eccentrics are wildly diverse yet share common characteristics. Here are his 25 descriptors of eccentricity, listed in descending order of importance. (Dr. Weeks says the first five are the most significant characteristics.)
Enduring non-conformityCreativityStrongly motivated by an exceedingly powerful curiosity and related exploratory behaviorAn enduring and distinct feeling of differentness from othersIdealism
- Happily obsessed with a number of long-lasting preoccupations (usually about five or six)
- Intelligent, in the upper fifteen per cent of the population on tests of intelligence
- Opinionated and outspoken, convinced of being right and that the rest of the of the world is out of step with them
- Not necessarily in need of reassurance or reinforcement from the rest of society
- Unusual eating habits and living arrangements
- Not particularly interested in the opinions or company of other people, except perhaps in order to persuade them to their contrary point of view
- Possessed of a mischievous sense of humor, charm, whimsy, and wit
- More frequently an eldest or an only child
- Eccentricity observed in at least 36% of detailed family histories, usually a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. (It should be noted that the family history method of estimating hereditary similarities and resemblances usually provides rather conservative estimates.)
- Eccentrics prefer to talk about their thoughts rather than their feelings. There is a frequent use of the psychological defense mechanisms of rationalization and intellectualization.
- Slightly abrasive
- Midlife changes in career or lifestyle
- Feelings of “invisibility” which means that they believe other people did not seem to hear them or see them, or take their ideas seriously
- Feel that others can only take them in small doses
- Feel that others have stolen, or would like to steal, their ideas. In some cases, this is well-founded.
- Dislike small talk or other apparently inconsequential conversation
- A degree of social awkwardness
- More likely to be single, separated, or divorced, or multiply separated or divorced
- A poor speller, in relation to their above average general intellectual functioning
See yourself here? A family member or friend?
The documentary “A Different Drummer” highlights people more overtly unusual than Betty. In fact, Dr. Weeks claims only one in 10,000 people are truly eccentric. I suspect the number is much higher.-lauragraceweldon.com