We live in an age where there is a steady barrage of information or, in many cases misinformation. Divergent multitudes with access to any kind of media platform seem to constantly be attempting to advise, educate, opine, warn, intimidate, cajole or terrorize us into accepting what they are presenting as the absolute truth. We become weary from information overload and having our BS filters on automatic overdrive so much of the time.
At the end of the day, what do we get from all this? We might know more things and have more facts. Some of them are even useful. The acquisition of this knowledge can be entertaining and emotive. Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart going head to head comes to mind – I can’t help but laugh while wanting to throw bricks at the TV. Oh, the distraction! So much noise and emotional button pushing, which is one reason I don’t plug into it like I once did.
Enter the Hermit, who reminds us of the importance of knowing ourselves, and that the best way to do that is to look within at who we are, what we feel, what we think, and what it all means. There are plenty of people in the world who would like to answer those questions for you, or at least tell you what those answers should be. Most of them are trying to sell you something. No one can ever know you as deeply as you can know yourself.
It is such an important part of self care to make the conscious effort of unplugging from all the noise, at least some of the time. Find that quiet place inside yourself. Cultivate it if it’s hard to find. Don’t be afraid to take the Hermit’s lantern and look in the darkest corners. You might want to ask for help from someone who can guide you on this search. You’ll know who that is. It’s all part of the process of understanding yourself, and it will ultimately bring you greater peace. Once you find that peace you can carry it with you even on the most crowded, cacophonous, city street.