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Tue - Oct 09, 2007 : 05:42 pm
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"I Can't" ... Bah!
Ya know...  One thing which really irks me is when someone tells me "I can't", for whatever reason.

I'm not exactly sure, either, since there really are things which we cannot do, such as transmutate ourselves to become vultures.  I don't believe I've ever met a person who has become a vulture, although, that would mean that he had also successfully become a human again.  I can't talk to vultures, though, so.... I dunno.  Anyway...

When someone says "I can't control it", when referring to emotions or personal problems in their life, or something that really is within their control, I go nuts.

People, we can control our emotions.  We really can.  We can also control our feelings, and our abilities, and even things that come out of chemical imbalance.

Bold statement?  Yes.  Totally true?  No.  A person who is so chemically imbalanced that he or she has lost the ability to reason, think, or otherwise function as a normal human being obviously cannot control him or herself at all.  I'm talking about normal people who function within the boundaries of society.

What people really mean when they say "I can't control it" is "I really dont' want to control it right now" or possibly, "It's not really that important to me that I control this right now.".   I'd even believe, "I have no idea how to control this right now." but to say, "I can't control it." implies the complete inability of someone to control something, or learn how to control it.

Anyway...  Probably nothing more than a result of a raging and passionate belief I have in the divine nature of humanity, and in the ability for humans to reach upward and climb over obstacles to a degree which I believe most of us don't even begin to comprehend.

Well... It's probably that, and the fact that I've seen and heard of numerous people who had incredible obstacles to overcome, which, through an enormous effort on their part, they successfully overcame.

So, I guess when ya tell me "I can't control it", you really mean to tell me "I'm too lazy to try to overcome it."

Bah....  Just a pet-peeve of mine, I guess....  Or maybe not.

Maybe we really are capable beyond our wildest dreams to excel beyond what we think possible.
Comment by PoeticIntensity on Oct. 10, 2007 @ 03:40 pm
I just got done talking with a good friend of mine who seems to think this post was quite presumptuous.  Maybe it was, I'm not sure.

I'm not sure how to clarify what I've already said.  I really don't think there is any problem in this life, except transmutating into a vulture, which a rational person cannot solve.

This friend presented the case of ADHD as something which presumably cannot be "overcome".  I've found several articles online which seem to fly in the face of that.  Here's one.

I guess it depends on what your definition of "overcome" is.  I've presented the notion of "control" as "overcoming", I suppose.

I just don't think there's any excuse for saying "I just can't control it".  I personally think it's a cop-out, or at least meaning, "I don't WANT to control it right now".

Like I said, I'm just quite passionate about humanity's power to overcome obstacles and have a lot of examples of people overcoming cancer, abuse, and other malladies which seem to plague life in general for most of us.

I've also seen a lot of people use the excuse of "I just can't control it" or, "I was raised this way", or "I was abused as a child" as an excuse for why they fail.

To me, that just isn't right.
Comment by PoeticIntensity on Oct. 11, 2007 @ 10:24 am
This link is incredible as far as the subject matter of this post goes.
Comment by Orson on Oct. 11, 2007 @ 12:39 pm
Reminds me of something Elder Bednar talked about last year.
However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. Indeed, believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else.

We have a lot more control over ourselves than we usually think.