Rotten Roots Lead to Rotten Actions

Rotten Roots Lead to Rotten Actions

Light and darkness co-exist anywhere and at any time. They exist in our bodies. The shadow is mostly dark and the ego is light as it is the center of critical thinking and the question is to think about what?

No tree may grow healthily without good roots. Our shadows are like roots in trees. They feed on what we store in their soils. If we mostly store fear, anxiety, suspicion, doubt, mistrust, grudge, uncaring, injustice unfairness and the like these feelings become so rooted and they form our beliefs. When we grow up these beliefs become our behaviors and then our habitual patterns of thinking. They become our actions. The roots causes of these actions are rooted in the rotten roots growing in the dark.

The interplay of the shadow and ego is what defines our psyche, the part of the psyche where our conscious awareness resides, our sense of identity and existence. Jung believed that consciousness is selective, and the ego is the part of the self that selects the most relevant information from the environment and chooses a direction to take based on it, while the rest of the information sinks into the unconscious (the shadow). It may, therefore, show up later in the form of dreams or visions.

It is the self-regulating loop between the light of the conscious ego and the darkness of unconscious shadow that keeps our balance. The part of the ego that we show to the world is our persona. It is what we desire to act to the world that is how we are. Stretching these acts too far might lead to our imbalances as the balancing feedback loop between the ego and shadow is disturbed.

What we show to the world who we are is our personas and what we dislike in ourselves sink to the shadow and thus our values and beliefs as well. However; we don’t show these traits of our personalities to the world. We reject them only to project them on others.

We project directly our personas and project our weaknesses on others. Whenever we do a spontaneous act of saying bad things to others and then regret them? These are the irritations inside us. We don’t want to show the world this is how we are.

We may only bridge the gap between what we say and what we do if we ingrain the good deed on our soils so that the roots feed on healthy nutrients as they deplete the hidden dark feelings in our shadows.
Ali Anani

The riots we witness today because of racism shows that we say we aspire for equity, care and justice for all people, but deep down we don’t own these beliefs. They are superficial.

I quote here:

 We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a positive contest to harness humanity’s creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will – and determination – to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers
Martin Luther King, Jr.

To transform truly we need to do just what Martin Luther King prescribed to us. We need to feed our roots with such sublime values by converting the opposite values to these real ones. The choice is ours. If not we shall continue our discrimination based on false beliefs that brown eggs are better than white eggs.

This is true on all levels from the individual to the family, community and society. We have seen companies claim values that were not ingrained in their leaders claiming something and them behaving in total contradiction of what they claim. This is a short-lived attitude for sooner or later the real “persona” of these companies appeared leading to their financial bankruptcy as a result of their “value bankruptcy”. The greed of making more profits won over them and their acclaimed values.


I dedicate this post to because it was her thorough post on LinkedIn that prompted me to share this post. Chandra Hardy, M.Ed.



#92 @Fay Vietmeier

My dear friend- you reflected exactly what I wanted to say in my previous comment "Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil".

I simply agree in full

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Fay Vietmeier Jun 22, 2020 · #92

#91 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
... when a person is in the dark it's easy to fall in potholes or pits ...

There is so much wisdom in God's Word:
"a man (or woman) walking in the dark does not know where they're going"

... this is why I love God's Word:
Here's what it says about "hiding in darkness"

Powerful ...

"This is the verdict:
Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God." ~ John 3

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#90 @Fay Vietmeier

My dear friend- people hide what they are ashamed to show the world. When values are such as robe the customer and sell even without honesty no matter what and many more then we tend to hid them in the darkness.

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Fay Vietmeier Jun 22, 2020 · #90

#88 @Mack Prioleau
Yes, Mark ... Why can't our values & beliefs be shown to the world ... they are what shape our personas
IMHO: our Values & BELIEFS should SHINE ... not have a shadow cast over them
The world we live in is overcome with SHADOW casters

This calls for awareness and a strengthening of values & beliefs ;~) not being conformed to the world
... being uprooted from the shadow casters

"What we show to the world who we are is our personas and what we dislike in ourselves sink to the shadow and thus our values and beliefs as well." Well said point. Unfortunately, we all were taught biases that need to end by going to the cause as you mentioned: our roots.

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#88 @Mack Prioleau

I am honored to be connected now with you. I experienced myself very recently an incident that makes your comment speaks to my mind. Yes, we need to go back to the roots and have values that we are proud to show to the world; not the other way round.

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Mack Prioleau Jun 22, 2020 · #88

"What we show to the world who we are is our personas and what we dislike in ourselves sink to the shadow and thus our values and beliefs as well." Well said point. Unfortunately, we all were taught biases that need to end by going to the cause as you mentioned: our roots. Everyone has value. We just forgot to remind ourselves of it in this social media-consumed world.

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#86 @Fay Vietmeier

WEll.I then look forward to reading your post on "It is like peeling an onion ... and “human-onions” is a tab in my “pearl-holder” ‘~) my good friend.

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Fay Vietmeier Jun 21, 2020 · #86

#85 #85 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
Dearest Professor ~
Yes: “Selling is a complex process and asking probing questions and sensing what you get from this probing is a crucial skill for salesperson”
A complex process that is multiplied by complex people ;~)
There is much give and take
Layering down into truth: the real need ... the real problem
This will depend on how honest people are willing to be ... how transparent
As stated earlier:
In our humanness ... we will tend to put up walls if the probing questions or probing process becomes uncomfortable
You must “sense” when this is occurring and tack a different tack or revisit another time

It takes time and trust ... and sometimes you never arrive
It is like peeling an onion ... and “human-onions” is a tab in my “pearl-holder” ‘~)

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