How do you stop social pressure from making you basically go crazy?
Social pressure effects everyone.
Consider rich people.
It’s wrongly believed by many that crime and drug abuse is higher among the poor. But in truth, levels of both crime and drug abuse are higher in the wealthy than in the average individual. Psychological problems are common in the wealthy elite too. Self-injurious behaviour like cutting and burning are common too.
The problem with the elite is that they expect constant reward and constant success. They expect to excel at school and at business almost without effort, as though it is par for the course. This constant demand for reward can lead them to substance abuse. That’s why they constantly claim “We work hard, we play hard” even though the average wealthy elite works less hard than those on minimum wage.
These demands for rewards and success don’t just exist in their own minds. They’re part of peer pressure too. Whether its kids and school or adults in business, the elite expect each other to succeed, and that social pressure can build and can lead the elite to act in wrongful ways. A millionaire employee, for instance, might cheat his employees to line his own pockets simply because he looks bad compared to his friends, who are even wealthier than he is. And really, unless the average person makes frequent contributions to charities they’ve little right to complain (for you, yourself, are probably a lot richer than many other people, and yes, you probably think you deserve that, but the wealthy elite think likewise, and that is the entire problem).
The wealthy elite are also constantly close to achieving their lofty ambitions. Take Donald Trump. He’s very close to becoming president. Okay, polls suggest he won’t make it. But he is close enough to taste it. And that temptation can make him act wrongfully to secure his ambition, even though to you and I he has no reason to want any more success than he’s already achieved.
These constant pressure for the elite are precisely the same as they are for the average person, which likely includes yourself. What makes you occasionally do the wrong thing? What makes you sometimes act in selfish ways? The usual culprits. Trying to keep up with the Jones’s. Trying to achieve those ambitions that are currently just out of reach. It’s the same deal for you as it is for the wealthy elite.
So how, then, do you change these things. How do you take control of all those pressure in your mind so you can act in rightful ways despite the pressure?
Meditation helps you to take control of your mind and to see past the social pressure. When you meditate you are able to see the inner workings of your mind more clearly.
Imagine being one of the wealthy elite. Even though they are so privileged, they still feel the pressure to keep up with their friends who are even richer than they are. They don’t realise that social pressure has a grip on them. So they act wrongfully. If they meditate they will see the pressure and will be able to step away from it. They will then gain control of their minds and will be able to act in rightful, moral ways even when the pressure is on. That’s the answer to curing greed in the rich. That’s why we are teaching meditation to people all around the world, including the wealthy elite.