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Jan 30

Busting Through Our Shackles

Busting Through Our Shackles

By MC Blinders

Many people fondly remember the tale of Poindexter and the Girl in Yellow by Poet Laureate Young MC entitled “Bust a Move.” Poindexter was a smarty who had arrived at a party when his eyes fell upon many women with a preponderance of flesh exposed. When his eyes fell upon their bodies, he was instantly filled with lust but could not move towards them. The next day, the inhibited hero went to a movie where he spotted “a fine woman sittin’ in the front row. She’s dressed in yellow; she says, ‘Hello, come sit next to me you fine fellow.’ [He] runs over there without a second to lose.” But what comes next, alas, remains shroud in mystery. Some have speculated that he “busted a move,” while others insist that he refrained once again from engaging in any behaviors of a lewd and libidinous nature.

What could have stopped Poindexter from pursuing these beautiful ladies, who themselves were searching for “a man who brings home the bacon?” There were no physical barriers preventing him from walking over, and music was playing at the party, which would have provided him with a beat to make his body move with theirs in a rhythmic nature. Yet despite the ease of access, Poindexter refrained from busting a move.

What was impeding Poindexter was not a physical but a mental barrier. Poindexter did not believe he could make a play with the various ladies. This belief stopped him from acting. Even when there was evidence to the contrary, the “hello” from the girl in yellow and women singing “if you want it, you got it,” Poindexter refused to act because of his belief.

All actions are based on beliefs; we act because we believe a certain thing will happen as a result of our action. A bartender goes to work because they expect to be paid. The customer gives money to the bartender because they expect to receive a beer in exchange. A person will only act if they believe they are going to be successful in attaining what they want by means of their action. If a person shares the belief held by Poindexter at the party, they will be a wallflower and not try to dance, but if they believe that “she wants to dance to a different groove,” then that person “will know what to do” and “bust a move.”

When people believe they cannot act, they put blinders on themselves. Like a horse in a race, they cannot see what is to the left or right, only their belief is perceived. This phenomenon explains why so many people do not change their behavior, even when they are in a bad situation. Why do crack users continue to smoke, abused women stay in violent relationships, and the poor live in the ghetto? It is not because they are physically compelled to smoke, live with a monster that beats them, or reside in the most dangerous part of town. Physical shackles do not restrain them, they are held in place by shackles of the mind. They tell themselves things cannot change, the system is fixed, or even that they deserve to suffer.

How then can we liberate people from the shackles of their own mind? We cannot, but they can. People need to change their automatic beliefs that things must be the way they currently are. It is possible to help by encouraging them to view things from a different perspective and challenging their beliefs, but providing them with handouts in the form of free money, housing, and other aid will do nothing, because providing physical aid to a mental problem will not solve the core issue. The battlefield for improving the lives of the poor and abused occurs in the mind and must be fought there if change is to occur. People will continue to abuse drugs, stay in abusive relationships, and live in poverty as long as they believe they must. They first need to reject these beliefs of helplessness before they are able to bust a move.

 

 

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