No other organ of the human body is given so much responsibility than the heart. We will do anything to abdicate our self-responsibility and for that we have created a belief involving the heart, an organ, to organise and orchestrate our life affairs. When I type “follow your heart” into google I get pages after pages that make the heart the “president” of any human life. We say for example: what can I do, I followed my heart, pointing the finger in blame, or if you follow your heart all will be well, to downplay any consequences of our behaviour packaged as well-meant advice, and so on. Perhaps you will say, but no, no that is not what it is about, it is about that the heart knows better than us because it is connected to a higher power, and will guide us to a place of peace and fulfilled desire.
In this essay I will show that the belief to follow one’s heart has been carefully constructed to increase our money making endeavours, using the graphic representation of the heart to drill home the point of our pre-programmed existence. I will talk about “follow your heart” as the belief that keeps us imprisoned in our emotional happy states which we follow blindly without grasping what emotions, good or bad, really are.
“Follow your heart” works beyond the image depiction, it is a catchy slogan adopted by motivational speakers, spiritual speakers, new-age gurus, all promising us a happy-go-lucky state of being, while perpetuating our abusive participation in a self-created economic and cultural system. Abusiveness emanates from all of us, we function on self-interest. We are only concerned with ourselves and our families, and we do not care about the billions of people starving everyday, raping the earth of resources, or the abhorrent treatment of animals. We feel exempt all the way and figure a little charity here and there is enough to provide lip service, soothing our bad feelings of taking from what is here without giving anything back.
Let’s start with the most obvious aspect about this cultural ‘heart’ phenomenon gone global. If we take a peek at the physical human heart and compare the graphic depiction of the heart, we see instantly that there is no resemblance. I recall when I first saw a real heart how startled I was by this visual comparison. The obvious question is then, where does the depiction of the heart come from? Here we have to look a bit closer into our past towards earlier usages of the heart image because by now the prolific heart shape has diffused any traces of it’s original application.
My observation concerning the heart shape results from hanging out at flea markets, antiquarian bookshops, or other environments that rehash times gone by, displaying or recalling objects. The 1920‘s evoke the earliest images of hearts in my personal visual experience. Typically old Valentine’s cards will have hearts and culprits on them, pointing to the idea and concept of two heterosexual humans coming together in sexual union. In the recent years, with the rise of the new-age belief system, we can see the infiltration of the heart image in all kinds of situations, especially when going shopping. There will be a “follow your heart” campaign to buy Gucci, or Nike, or Calvin Klein, or others that are just too numerous to list here. Recall the famous line of T-shirts that all “heart” big cities all over the world, i.e. I heart NY. As I said earlier, the incentive is always to make money.
The 1920‘s may not have been the earliest times when graphic heart images were around but they give us a pretty good understanding that hearts were limited to the general lover theme. Thus, we have established that the graphic origin of the heart shape stems from the sexual act between two humans. Naturally, being a product of a deceptive society the interpretation of the image will not be straight forward. Similar to the exuberant amounts of females, their faces and bodies, who are lurking on every corner of busy downtown areas to entice us to become sexier or to want more and better sex while advertising some completely unrelated product – the graphic representation of the heart also focusses on the female body. The heart shape is the view of the woman from the male perspective. We have learned through research conducted by Desteni that the world is in reverse, and that this methodology of deception applies to all kinds of cultural conceptions. When applying the reversal technique to the graphic heart shape we now get an image that resembles a woman bending down with a frontal view of her butt in service of male desire. This is the literal nature of graphic hearts we learn to draw from kindergarten age onwards – heart shapes nowadays are a lucrative companion to do and have any thing.
The emotional component embedded in “follow your heart” is just as deceptive as the graphic depiction itself. Following one’s heart is to follow one’s good emotions that are stimulated by something that is outside of us: a body, an activity, an object. Something that will give us a momentary high and a diversion from facing ourselves in the creation of this world. The need for highs are comparable to the urges for and surges of sexual orgasmic experiences that are being given so much attention in our society, because they are the bottomline validation of quick fixes. In this we can justify the existence of pornography, rape, pedophilia, which we disapprove of moralistically speaking so that we can punish those who are caught in the act. At the same time we can feel exempt, once again, from the quick fix dependencies we all share because we actually believe that those dependencies are not comparable with ours. Hence, through denial of the root cause we avoid tackling the problem from the bottom up.
Emotional highs come and go and need to be replenished. The graphic depiction as evidence for a quick fix ‘downer’ is the infamous broken heart. Though a broken heart can only be had from a quick fix through a person -rather than an object or an activity – the reason for that is that the other is autonomous, they are following their own heart, which may or may not align with someone else’. All other emotional highs are practically the same even when they are not sexual. The continual renewal and stimulation of high-flying emotional states is no better exploited than by spiritual seekers who indeed believe that their momentary uplifted experiences are helping humanity to evolve to a less abusive place.
“Follow your heart” is supposed to calm us from the stressful lives we live, to be saved from a hostile world. The deceptive bit is that people will actually fool themselves into thinking that following their own heart versus someone else’ is taking things into their own hands, which demonstrates a form of self-responsibility. In reality it is just another iteration of our existence in self-interest, where we do not consider, or even reconsider, the impact of our action and inaction on others and are only concerned with ourselves. “Follow your heart” is a mantra, a blind-fold we are willing put on to continue our existence in ignorance and fear, a form of self-inflicted and justified paralysis to avoid seeing the nature of our participation.
I say we stop we stop using our organs as oracles to show us the way, or to answer our questions, or to excuse our unfulfilled desires. I say we acknowledge our likeness and learn to live as equals, then we do not need silly graphic images to calm ourselves, or empty slogans to make us feel better. What we need is an overhaul of our economic system, we need an equal money system and with that we put an end to any “followship” because we will create a world where all are leaders endeavouring to create what is best for all.
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