Don't Be A Donkey by Lyon Amor Brave
First, we need to clarify what a donkey is???
A donkey is a person so deeply stuck in the rat-race and void of free will and personal power, that they do not even realize they are a donkey chasing a carrot.
Why is it bad to chase a carrot?
The obvious answer is because the carrot is your deciding factor regarding major life decisions and who ever is controlling the carrot is in control of you.
Most people just say I want money, but think no farther than this and it becomes the source of all their problems.
You have to have a desire that goes behind money. This is how the majority of people end up in meaningless work that doesn't even pay more them minimum-wage. Working a minimum-wage job is just a sad reality. It's sad to know you are being paid the bare minimum and no more and you are the one who accepts this fate.
In this metaphor the donkey is being led by it's owner by the use of attaching a carrot to a stick. Because all the donkey can focus on is getting the carrot he does not even realize the promise of the carrot is just being used to control him and lead him around and if he would just forget about the carrot, he would have the freedom to find greater and better things.
If the donkey could break free from his desire to obtain that carrot and think more rationally about it's situation, he could go seek food else where and stop being a slave to his master and be a master of himself.
How many of us are just a donkey chasing a carrot, not knowing if we would only take our eyes off the carrot we would find greater freedom and a variety of food or money elsewhere. The one things all humans have in common is they live in fear of having their basic needs not met. However, we live in an abundant universe and this fear of lacking is why you continue to lack.
The reality is protesting with signs about how McDonald and Wal-Mart should raise the minimum-wage is not going to change your financial future.
In fact, this kind of behavior just makes you more of a donkey because you are just asking your slave master to give you a bigger carrot instead of realizing you don't even need to work so hard for that freaking carrot. You are still driven by that carrot and that is the problem. You are still asking your master for things instead of mastering yourself.
Most people are living as donkeys these days. Everyone living paycheck to paycheck is living as a donkey.
A donkey is someone chasing money, not freedom. If your ultimate goal is not freedom, you will be trapped in your own life and your own skin. You will become a slave to someone, something, some job, some corporation, some donkey.
Most of us learn to smile through our decision to become a donkey. We even tell our sevles we are so grateful to have our job that leaves us broke at the end of the month and robs us of our time with family and friends and leaves us with no way to see a doctor or send our kids to good schools or go on a nice vacation.
Sometimes the biggest lie we can tell ourselves is that of gratitude, that we are so thankful for our small lives that chain us to something unsatisfying.
Freedom and money do not have the same value. Freedom is much more valuable than money, so there is nothing worse than giving all your time and energy to be poor and any grown adult working a full-time minimum-wage job is certainly a donkey.
The problem is not working a minimum-wage job, the problem is not having a plan to free yourself from the job. You want a raise. You want job security. You want the carrot to get bigger instead of just going to make your own carrot farm.
Maybe you have to work as a donkey to get carrot seed money for a time, but the problem is the majority of you never think about just planting your own carrots. You only think about chasing someone else's carrot and asking the government to help you.
Freedom is worth more than money, but most of us don't realize it. If your desire is to be free you will find a way to make much more money than minimum-wage and you will not be controlled by a carrot.
People who are controlled by carrots are always telling those of us who are not that we are crazy, but it is those of us with no masters who become the masters of ourselves and others. For a person led by a carrot is easy to control and that is the majority of people.
Let's read another fable about a donkey's choices...
Buridan’s donkey is standing halfway between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. It keeps looking left and right, trying to decide between hay and water. Unable to decide, it eventually falls over and dies of hunger and thirst.
A donkey can’t think of the future. If he could, he’d clearly realize he could first drink the water, then go eat the hay.
Don’t be a donkey. You can do everything you want to do. You just need foresight and patience.
The second story is there to remind you patience is a virtue.