We can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about a problem concerning the economy, politics, wars, the downfall of society, civil unrest… the list is almost without end. For every problem, there is at least one person that swears he or she has the answer. The supposed answer us usually, “conform, don’t rock the boat”, or it usually sounds like an emotional solution that needs a logical response. But what got us into the problems we’re having to deal with anyway?
Well, you’ve read here many times, because we (including our parents – or if you’re young enough, your grandparents) did nothing to stop the problem(s) when they started. Why? Because we/they trusted our leaders, no matter who they are/were. The leaders we once had that lead and pushed us to take responsibility for our lives have all passed away. Leaders such as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Malcolm X, and many others who told us to get up and be sure the government is working for us, not against us.
Now we live in a time where the individual is afraid to stand up and (peacefully) fight for what is right, not only for self, but for the whole of humanity. If it’s not a group or mob effort, it doesn’t get done… does it?
Yesterday I read an article (click on photo for more information) about a man who has skydived from 71,500 ft. this past March, in preparation for a dive from 120,000 ft. in October (yes, next month). This was also posted in facebook. A lot of the comments that were made were your typically negative comments such as:
- Such a waste of taxpayers money – this was and is a private venture paid by Red Bull;
- Why does he want to do this? Stay on earth and live long and safe;
- “Whatever, he’s still a f___ing idiot…”
- “is he a f___in nut ??”
- “If he survives…what will it prove? He’s crazy???”
- “how much money do you think is wasted on this dumb a__ stunt.what is wrong with people?”
The negative comments just go on and on. There was one comment that said it all for me – and it wasn’t something I posted, “People, it’s called pushing the envelope! We owe everything to people who think outside the box. Thank you, adventurers, all! /salute”
For all those that want everyone to live and reason just as you do, just remember, conformist change nothing. The people I mentioned above were not conformist. History does not record, or make a favorable record of conformist. I understand that most conformist are more interested in security rather than adventure. An adventure for many conformist is a trip to Disneyland/Disneyworld; a vacation trip to the mountains, the beach, to a distant State; to another country and to stay in a safe and luxurious hotel. But as I just said, conformist, just by the nature of the word – conform.
I’m not suggesting that we go skydiving from 20 some-odd miles above the earth – although it sounds like great fun, and probably the only way to feel like “Superman“, but (coming back to earth) standing up for something you know will benefit your community, or the whole of humanity can be an individual effort. Many people blog just to have a platform, such as I’m doing, to help others to think through issues that plague us as individuals and as a society.
The one thing we all know, or should know is,
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
We cannot solve any problem by just accepting it – by just conforming. By accepting and conforming, we fall into another expression, “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Whether you decide to stand up for others, no matter how many, or you decide to change yourself, here is something that can help you with your effort to effect change:
“Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.”
“This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it. Here are 10 strategies you can use to see problems from many different perspectives and master what is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem in the first place!”
This is an excerpt from the article found here: http://litemind.com/problem-definition/
Now! Let’s go skydiving! 😉
- The crisis according to Albert Einstein. (clickandsavepublishbusiness.wordpress.com)