I could have started this post completely differently, so I will. The next sentence is the ACTUAL beginning of this post.
The saying goes that information is power. But this is no longer the case. After all, with a tool like the internet, all but the best-kept secrets are available to anyone with a computer and too much free time. So what would be the new "power"? Application of knowledge? Relations between tidbits of information? No need to fret, I'll just tell you. It's perspective. First of all, I like the word perspective because it doesn't mean anything in and on itself. Perspective only has meaning within a given situation. But within every situation, there is perspective. There is a different way of looking at the problem.
Ways of using perspective in relation to problems:
- Looking at the situation in such a way that the problem isn't there.
- Finding the perspective which shows the answer as being inside the problem.
- Seeing the easiest solution.
- Looking at the problem in such a way as to figure out a way to make it someone else's problem.
Say, for example, that you would require money to buy a new car.
- Don't buy a new car. You don't need a new car.
- What do you need a new car for? Is it for work? Maybe your work could get you a company-car.
- Steal a car/Rob people/Lend a friends car and drive to another country with it.
Society seems to hinge on people looking at things a certain way. Capitalism thrives on it. It thrives on people's fear. There are many ways you could look at your life, but raise minimum one eyebrow if this sounds familiar:
- Get through high school or you'll never make it in to college/university
- Get through college/university or you'll never get a degree
- Get a degree or you'll never get a job
- Get a good paying horrible job, or you'll never have that brand new car
- Get that brand new car or people at your job will not respect you
- Get respected or you'll never be able to live with yourself
- Get blar blar blar
If points 1-6 don't sound familiar, 7-9 might. Seriously though, major companies make major monies off of you being convinced that you need stuff or need to do stuff or you'll never be happy/succesful(means happy)/rich(means happy).
The fun thing to do is take a step to the right. Really, take a step to the right. Now sit back down and keep reading the article, you literal minded tit :p
No, you need to look at the system from a different perspective. The perspective most people now have is: There's stuff in this system I want, but first I have to climb this mountain to get to it. Let me put them all together with added smileys , because I'm in the mood for lists
- I want my stuff, but I have to climb the mountain :/
- I feel like climbing a mountain :D (These people grow up to be clerks and accountants)
- I feel like sitting a the bottom of this mountain :) (Not exactly the achievers)
- Um.. guys? There's a shortcut, like, right here. Ignore the no-trespassing sign, let's just go. :D => D: in prison
- OooooooOOOOoooh... pretty mountain :'D (That's me)
- I'll dig through, if that's okay with you.
The last kind are the specials, the people with the different perspective. They'll not only dig a tunnel straight through the mountain, but one in a million will strike gold, silver, jewels, and a very annoyed colony of gophers. To name some (people, not gophers. That would be pointless because all gophers are called Ted for some reason):
- Steve Jobs
- Steve Wozniak
- Vincent Callebaut
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Tim Burton
- Henry Selick
- Neil Gaiman
- Terry Gilliam
They looked at the world and thought "lol". I'm sure of it. They looked at the system and thought: "It's a nice try. It even seems to work for some people. Now I'll make my own system and Lo! Hark! Forsooth! It will work!"
Guess what? It kinda did. Awesomesauce.
This was going to be a post about imagination and seeing the colours move. Looks like I'm easy to distr-SQUIRREL!