"Welcome to the world, little one. You will love it out here. After all, it’s one never ending shopping extravaganza. And what could be more fun than shopping? Let’s go. I have the list and the name of the mall."
"The list?" The little one asked.
"Yes. We need to shop for academic degrees, relationships, career, life companion, money, children, death and everything else."
"Everything else?" The little one asked.
"Yes. We must also shop for thoughts, feelings, love, approval and beauty."
"Beauty?" The little one asked.
"Yes. The kind of beauty you can see in a mirror. The kind that can be seen on a person's face and body."
"What is the name of the mall? And what shopping theme are we going for?"
"The mall is called: Human Conditioning. And the theme we are going for is called: Mainstream Conformism and Herd Mentality. Little one, you ask too many questions. You are a strange one. But don’t worry, I will buy you all the right stuff and you will be set for life."
Years later, the little one was not the little one anymore. The little one had become the lost one.
The lost one cut through the crowds, feeling lost and strangely different. To the lost one, life didn’t make sense. The lost one felt disconnected from the world and uncomfortable in her own body and mind.
"Welcome to the world, lost one. You won’t like it out here. After all, it’s a painful process of surrendering everything you bought at the mall called Human Conditioning. And giving up the theme of Mainstream Conformism and Herd Mentality. That is if you don’t want to be the lost one anymore."
"I don’t want to be the lost one. And I did go back to the mall of Human Conditioning and tried to return my academic degrees, career, relationships, thoughts, feelings but they had a no return policy."
"Lost one, I cannot give you answers. That is not my purpose. The answers and the way out that you seek is deep inside of you, in your own soul. Only you can reach that place, that place of truth and freedom."
Years later, the lost one was not the lost one anymore. The lost one had become a seeker and a lone wolf, searching for meaning and signs from the universe.
The seeker wondered everyday: Why am I here? What is my life purpose? Who am I? What is the meaning of life? The seeker spent long hours, meditating and reading about and observing human nature and the Universe. Withdrawing from the world, giving into solitude and listening intently for what the soul had to say, the seeker, gradually, began to understand the flow of life and began to flow with it. The seeker's consciousness began to expand. And the seeker finally began to hear that which called out to her soul.
"Welcome to the world, the awakened one. Was it all worth it?"
The awakened one smiled. "It was worth it every bit."
"You are smiling like a little one."
"I feel a bit like a little one. Free of thoughts, feelings, the herd mentality and a lot more."