VICE: Andrew W.K. on Big Decisions

Andrew W.K. on Big Decisions | VICE

A few weeks ago, I wrote about meditation’s power to transform, and its ability to help us realize that our inner and outer lives are the same thing. The forces that push down on us daily are meant to shape us, help us master our inner life, and the other way around. Through deep concentration or any activity where a larger perspective is gained, we are better able to relate to the parts of the outer world we’ve neglected while looking inward.

A good example of this can be found, oddly enough, in Ebenezer Scrooge’s visits to Christmases past, present, and future in A Christmas Carol. It’s not hard to imagine that the visions Scrooge had were the result of a desperately needed psychedelic experience, and that the ghosts shepherding him on his journey were actually his own guardian angels, emanating from within himself.

Those angels peeled back his own life and revealed to him the reality he’d missed while blinded by material ambition. In doing so, they changed his entire conception of what being alive was truly about, and immediately established within him a new clarity he’d previously lacked. Basically, his own deeper intellectual and emotional powers showed him how different his years on earth would’ve been had he made the many decisions he’d come to over his lifetime armed with compassion and empathy. If he could’ve just seen what his actions and decisions were doing to those around him, he could’ve given more consideration to their weight and taken a different path.

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