With world views changing, where does that leave you?
As we as human beings have evolved, we have found ourselves in a place of flux. That place of flux exists in the very place that no one ever wants to look.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. once said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
For example, in my family, as in many others, there is a belief that if you are guilty for something, then you must live there forever. That belief alone has caused chaos in families, including my own for centuries. What if what Holmes said is actually true? We would be experiencing ongoing internal conflict because the old way of “being guilty” and the experiences that have stretched our minds to see the world and ourselves differently, don’t fit together when it comes to actually living life now. Being “guilty” is only a perception. The meaning can be infinite, or it can mean nothing at all. It only has weight, if we give it weight. It can also be true that the experiences, which stretched our minds, were just as they were meant to be.
We have carried beliefs of our ancestors and family for centuries. The problem with that is times have changed. It is no longer about, “That is just how I was raised and if it worked for them, it works for me too.”
Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
In a world of technology like we live in, the old school ways of thought don’t necessarily serve us as well as we would like them to. The reason for that is because we must solve our problems in a way that we may have never considered before. We would have to do things differently than we have always done. Even if doing one thing differently everyday or every week is all you can do, chances are you are still resolving a conflict in you. If you see a difference in yourself and the world around you, you know that your thinking has shifted to a more advantageous way of living.
In this busy world, we have to slow down, relax and take the time to observe the world, instead of reacting to what we perceive is going on. That would be solving our problems with a different view of ourselves, and the world. Believe it or not, when we do that, we can get more done, think through things more quickly and live much happier lives with less chaos.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t live as I always have. I must live the life that all of my experiences, which brought me here, insist that I live. The views of the world that I have aren’t just about what my family said or did, says or does, or what I think I should say or do. The experiences and views are unique to me so that I can live in this world of constant change and evolution with other people.
What are your experiences about? Where have they brought you? What is your place in this world?