Friday, May 27, 2005
Step Outside the Box to Think Outside the Box
formula for differentiating your mind
We need new thinking.
We need to keep up with lightning fast changes.
We need to be innovative.
Old ideas, old methods are no longer working.
Old habits, old attitudes are paralyzing us.
We need to destroy every trace of mediocrity in our lives, our relationships, our families, our nations, our world, our...business.
And our blogs.
How does Normal Mind
It's not hard.
Just start being different from what you are.
Start trying new things.
Have you ever read a whole book of poetry?
A long section of Jacques Derrida,
Hegel, Freud, Marx, the Bible,
Proust, Kafka, Buddist texts?
When were you last in a library?
An art museum?
A jazz concert?
A mosque, synagogue, temple, or church?
Visit a religious service that is not
your faith or denomination.
Don't worry, they won't convert you
to their religion.
But you may gain some insight,
some appreciation of something
beautiful you never realized
was to be found in that faith.
American Patriot, visit
the Amnesty International web site.
USA Hater, consider the funds
America has pumped into poor nations.
Atheist visit a church.
Churchy person attend a meeting
of some Reason, Skeptic, or Evolutionist
club or organization.
Travel Outside of Self.
Learn to Respect People Who Are
Devoted to Other Belief Systems.
Learn to Learn from Other Viewpoints.
Escape the Prison
of Self and Prejudice.
Nothing is more ugly than a fanatic
who despises people who express
different opinions and belief systems...
whether it be an fanatic atheist,
Marxist, capitalist, anarchist, Republican,
Democrat, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jain,
homosexual, heterosexual, asexual.
You don't have to agree with everything
another person believes and practices
to respect their right to be different.
I love how my favorite spiritual genius,
Jesus Christ, spoke of the "Good SAMARITAN"!
I'll bet you never heard any preacher
explain how the Samaritans were a cult.
A cult that was super deceptive
due to being very similar to the Orthodox
Hebrew religion that Jesus came to reform,
like Buddha came to reform Vedanta.
What would be our equivalent today of
a Good Samaritan, according to
evangelical Protestant churchians?
The Good Evolutionist?
The Good Jehovah's Witness?
The Good Mormon?
The Good Punk Rock Tattoo Artist?
The Good Liberal CEO?
The Good Secular Humanist?
The Good Homeless Bum?
The Good Usability Analyst?
The Good Fictional Character Blogger?
I think you see my point.
The Good [whatever is different
from what I think is orthodox,
normal, conformist, socially acceptable,
politically correct, ideologically right.]
Even if you sincerely believe there is
only One Truth, One Economic System,
One Web Design Practice, One Blog Purpose,
One Faith, One Philosophy, One Healthy Diet,
One Way to Dress, One Way to Be Sexual...
...you can always learn something
from others who have different ideas.
If only: more reasons why
you cannot believe the way they do.
No one is 100% right about Everything.
Atheists have faith in gravity.
Believers doubt their salvation.
Exerience the Other.
You CANNOT have new ideas
if you cling maniacally
to old ideas, habits, attitudes.
To "think outside of the box"...
you MUST "get out of the box"!
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 5/27/2005 01:08:00 PM