A strange thing can happen to you when you begin the journey of bettering yourself. Friends turn into strangers sometimes. and that can be a good thing. It kind of brings to mind the bible story of the rejection at Nazareth – “…56Aren’t all His sisters with us as well? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own household is a prophet without honor. 58And He did not do many miracles there, because of their unbelief.… “(Matthew 13:56-58 for the biblically inclined amongst you)
Why am I bibling at you? Follow me and I’ll explain..
Imagine you are in a dark cave, and you are chained together with 5 or 6 other people. You cannot see behind you, but you are aware of a fire behind you, and the light is casting shadows on the cave wall directly in front of you. What do you do now? Well you eventually come to accept this is your lot in life, to the point these shadows you see cast are your reality now. if you try and grope blindly out, towards where you can feel the breeze, the prisoners chained to you, whether out of fear, or something worse, drag you back… “IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!”
One day, the Prisoner escapes. “Come with me!” and they cry back “NO” whether out of fear, or something worse, they want to stay in their caves.
The Prisoner escapes and learns the true substance of the world outside of the cave. He returns to the cave once more, but his eyes, unused to the shadows of the cave now, render him blind at first… The prisoners see this as proof that there is no use in escaping, and drag the Prisoner back down with them.
I see the “Rejection at Nazareth” story as the biblical version of Plato’s allegory of the cave. Those familiar to Jesus, knowing him previous to his ministry sought to denigrate the mission. The Prisoner in the cave, moved beyond the cave, and attempted to increase his knowledge of the world, and then he too was denigrated when he tried to share his new found knowledge. And who were these people, without faith and full of fear? NEGATRONS!
What the hell is a Negatron? Well they are negative influences in your life. You know the guy who who asks you to go to the bar and you say “No, its all good bro” and he replies “Haw haw! I remember when you were a fuck up like the rest of us, you think you’re better than me?!”. Negatrons are the people who say “Why even try? You’re too old! You’re too young! You’re too fat! That’s not for the likes of us” You know these people, they might be old friends, or sometimes family. And you need to keep these people at an arm’s distance at least. AT LEAST. Preferably a really long arm. Like Plastic Man’s arm length away.
It’s crazy when you think you are pretty much the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Which is awesome because it makes me 20% staffordshire bull terrier! But think on that, if you spend most of your time with 5 negative people, you slowly become the sum of their parts. Think on it! IT’S MADNESS! MULTI-BALL MADNESS! It’s also crazy to think that Jesus had salty haters on his brief. Also, this is the plot of the Matrix.