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Nonconformist | Dare to be

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”, is one of my fave Albert Einstein quotes. Personally I abhor the commonly used phrase, “It’s always been done that way…” How about you?

Looking at the state of the world today, I do believe we are in desperate need of more nonconformists, people who refuse to see or do it the same old way.

Are you deep down yearning to be a nonconformist, but haven’t quite taken the plunge? A quick, easy read with tips: 7 Steps to Becoming a Nonconformist

Inspirational Quotes:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. Krishnamurti

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A Very Big Lie | Our Stuff

I first thought to call this post “The Big Lie” rather than “A Very Big Lie”, but then realized “THE” might suggest the biggest lie ever. It’s maybe not the biggest one in our society, but it certainly is A Very Big Lie. What, you might ask, is it?

That our stuff will make us happy.

And if we buy into that lie, then by extrapolation, new (bigger, better) things will make us even happier. Hence we have the mania called Black Friday. It’s the day (weekend, week, will it soon be a month?) when people choose to hugely buy into their egos, unleash their obsession with stuff, and are even willing to go into debt and stampede their neighbor to save a buck.

Have you ever asked yourself why it is called BLACK Friday? The original reason is apparently that it is the first day in the calendar year when retail stores go into the black – as in, out of the red and making a profit.

The ravenous black monster

I would argue that it’s aptly called black because it reveals the shadow, the dark side, the void that lives within “the collective us.” Because here’s the truth. If we truly felt we were enough without our stuff, there would not be a marketing genius powerful enough to make us behave this way.

To cut ourselves some slack in this, the bankers and corporations have devised this snare to produce more consumers – of things and debt. They make money on us, and a lot of it. We are products of societal programming. And it’s insidious, you know. It sneaks up on us, and even when we (as individuals) think we have it beat, it can still come ’round again to bite us. I have observed this in myself; it’s a hard habit to beat.

On top of all that, not only are we drowning in too much useless stuff, our Earth is now drowning in it too. Because another truth is, we tire of our stuff pretty quickly. The reason? Because that void is a ravenous monster, and there simply is not enough stuff to fill it.

Filling the void is not the answer. We need to vanquish and heal it.

We don’t just hurt ourselves – We hurt the Earth too!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What could be more more of a vivid truth than the piles of garbage on our oceans, and on our beaches?  Stuff we got tired of, and threw away so we could go out and buy “a new one”. It’s tangible proof not only of our collective void, but, our disrespect for the Earth as well.

There’s still time to turn this around. But to do that, I believe we need a complete re-evaluation, not just of the value systems of our society, but if we are honest, also of ourselves.

If you are worried about our Earth and environment (I am), and your personal power to effect change, here is a positive Black Friday takeaway that I found posted on Facebook this weekend:

“Less is more. The greenest thing you can do is consume less.”

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Perception | Peel the layers

Always try to look beyond the obvious, no matter what you are observing. Over the years, black-and-white photographs have been a teacher for me in this. Our physical reality exists in layers, and in the case of monochrome images as an example, the top layer of color has been “peeled away”.

Layers of distraction

We strongly respond to color and are very distracted by it. When color is removed from a photograph, the form, line, and texture become much more apparent. The structure, the essence of a thing starts to pop out. There is so much more there that we don’t see at first glance.

The landscape below is a good example. In a color version, most likely the vibrant turquoise water, blazing white sand, and deep blue sky would attract our eyes first. Think of color as the cosmetics of the scene, much as a woman might enhance her face with makeup. But the artist purposely removed color, and hence the tree dominates, in all of its bare bones candor. Beautifully sculptural, the tree is very alive in this picture. I can feel its movement; I am acutely aware of its form.

Peel away the layers, look deeper

The takeaway? This is a simple example of a black-and-white tree. But in every encounter you have, be it with an individual, scenery, or society around you, start to look deeper, beneath the covers. What is hiding underneath what is readily apparent?

Rest assured, it is there, waiting to be noticed. And more often than you might imagine, it is important.

Be aware of, and beware of, the top layer, the facade, the distraction. It keeps us our consciousness on a superficial level. It’s not only what we are observing that is so much more, but so are we!

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Possibilities | Our Yes

One of my all-time favorite author quotes, by e.e. cummings:

“[Thank you]… for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”

My focus point for this post is “which is infinite, which is yes”. Our world right now can make it tough to embrace our infinite possibilities. From the time we are (about) two years old and we are asserting our individuality, we are told “No” quite a lot. “Learn the rules, learn your limitations, conform.”

Yes, to have a functioning and safe society, as a collective we need certain moral agreements. But then beyond those, what if our societies and education systems were geared to nurture the “Yes” in each of us? That is, the innate creative intelligence we are born with, and the desire to express it fully? Just think of the world that we could build!

It’s time for us to fully embrace our “Yes”, and to soar.

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