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Beyond Policing: Dropping Rightness

May 22, 2024 | Daily Trek, Unlearn

Beyond Policing - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

It used to happen in bustling town squares where policing each other’s behavior happened in public. Now, it’s moved to the digital town square where words in posts replace pointing fingers and shaking heads at others.

Isn’t it fascinating that people feel a need to police others. This urge comes from fear, a need for control, and a sense of needing to be right. As uncertainty increases, so does the effort to manage how others behave, pushing us to follow what some see as the “right” way.

In a world that emphasizes being right, policing each other over small annoyances drains our energy. This makes it difficult to think for ourselves or fully own our actions. Constant scrutiny shifts our focus to maintaining appearances or winning arguments, rather than fostering genuine understanding.

Policing each other reflects a larger issue: humanity’s shift from inner guidance to seeking approval from others. This change disrupts our natural instincts and places our trust under constant watch.

When there is no need to correct anyone or impose our judgements, we begin to step into our personal power, focusing on inner approval rather than external validation. This mindset encourages healthier interactions, less need to control or correct others, and boosts both personal and community wellbeing.

Yet, releasing the need to be correct or prove others wrong reveals new perspectives. This shift encourages focusing on personal peace instead of arguing. What do you really win when you’re right? How long does that win actually last before chasing the next one?

Imagine a world where we transform this energy into creating constructs that actually unite us and gain our faith in ourselves.

“At the end of his life, Steve Wozniak won’t measure his happiness by the size of Apple’s market cap or his personal net worth. I want to die remembering my pranks, and the fun I had, and funny jokes. I decided that that life, for me, was not about accomplishment. It was about happiness. Wozniak offered up a simple equation for finding happiness: “H equals S minus F,” or happiness equals smiles minus frowns.”

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