#34 Hero or Villain

Hero or Villain. How  do  we  process  the  information  around  us  and  what   effect  does  this  information  have  on  us ? In  our  addiction, where we  influenced  by  the  people  around  us  which  led  to us  making  poor  choices?

Personal Values

We  were  the  villain  in  our  lives  influenced  by  the  thinking  and  behaviour  of  other  villains. This  is  not  an  uncommon  phenomenon, the  theory  has  been  tested  again  and  again  in  such  things  as  the  Milgram  experiment  and  the  Nuremberg  Trials  and  in  South  Africa  with  the  Truth  and  Reconciliation  Commission – it  is  human  nature  to  be  influenced  by  those  around  us.  Not  many  of  us  have  the  courage  to  stand  up  in  the  face  of  tyranny  and  to  those  around  us, even  though  sometimes  we  are  aware  that  what we  are  doing  is  wrong  or  that  it  goes  against  our  personal  value  systems  and  code  of  ethics.  Few  people  have  the  courage  to  be  a  hero – to  be  “The  Tank  Man”  of   the Tienanmen  Square  protests  of  1989.

Just  because  we  get  clean  and  sober – does  our  behaviour  change ? Can  we  become  The  Hero  in  our  own  lives ?

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell.

I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed the discussion.

This podcast was recorded as a series of lectures given to people in 12 step addiction recovery treatment. The purpose of these talks was to teach and motivate individuals to search for their own spiritual solution to their addiction.

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