Taming the Voice Within


Perfume was first created to mask the stench of foul and offensive odors…
Spices and bold flavorings were created to mask the taste of putrid and rotting meat…
What then was music created for?
Was it to drown out the voices of others, or the voices within ourselves?
I think I know.

Author: Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

Imagine for a moment that a person’s integrity is actually a representation of when they listen to themselves. Now extrapolate this theory to any famous man in history. I chose the Scottish hero William Wallace (because he is a personal fave!) to demonstrate this idea.

Wallace was involved in several bloody battles with the English between 1296-1299. After these dark years of his life, he travels abroad as a spokesman for Scottish freedom. This may not seem important at first, but consider this: he did not let the battles with the English consume his mind. As his mind screamed and raged against the English, he was faced with a choice. When to fight, when to talk. When to bludgeon, when to reason. This is the key!

Have you ever listened to your angry thoughts? Do you entertain them briefly before silent dismissal, or do you ponder notions of revenge hour after hour?

People can be terrifying–and I am not referring to the infamous acts of cruelty throughout the ages, I am referring to an individual’s thoughts. Merely daydreaming, or fantasizing about your boss’s death? Smiling at a comment on the radio, or enjoying the mental adventure of sexual escapades with forbidden flesh? Saddened by the homeless which sits at the street-corner, or agitated that he even exists?

A little tip: Your inner voice is natural, but not always benevolent. Choose when to listen to yourself–and this choice will define who you are.

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