Imagination and Curiosity – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday February 3, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am a visionary. I set trends and others follow.”
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albert_einstein“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
~ Albert Einstein

Einstein’s genius was in following his curiosity and using his imagination to see things never before conceived. He was a master of “Thought Experiments”. Some things like the relativity of objects in the universe were not testable in the everyday world in which we live.

He had to open his mind and his soul to see possibilities where there was only emptiness….literally giving birth to new ideas out of the cosmic void.

The famous story about his Theory of Relativity is that he imagined himself riding on a beam of light and “saw” time slow as he approached light speed.

Einstein was willing to follow his curiosity and throw out all the ideas that had gone before in order to create a new vision of life. Because of that his ideas have profoundly shaped the world in which we all now live, not mention our conception of it.

Now imagine, if you will, that each of us has within us the potential to allow our curiosity and imagination to take us new places beyond the horizons of even our most amazing dreams….opening up new vistas for ourselves and the whole world.

What would you do with such a power, if you had it? This power is not the sole province of the so-called geniuses of the world. It is a power that lies within each of us – within you. Release it……have some fun with it…..change your world with it.

Imagination and curiosity are powerful tools. Have you ever stopped to wonder why you imagine certain things or why certain things make you curious. It could be a message that you need to explore those possibilities. Don’t let the the fact that they don’t seem “real” stop you. Relativity was not “real” when Einstein discovered it.

“Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Which do you choose to be?

Stay inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

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Why Not? – Countering Negative Premises – The Affirmation Spot for Monday April 7, 2008


A character in George Bernard Shaw’s play Back to Methuselah stated, “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?”

Robert F. Kennedy used a paraphrased version of the quote in his speeches. Kennedy said, “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

Why not, indeed?

Why not is a very important question. It’s the question we should always ask ourselves when we believe something isn’t possible for us for our world.

The world has hundreds of negative premises on which it operates. They should and must be challenged by a good why not.

  • We cannot have leaders who truly listen and respond to the will of the people who entrust them with their power. Governments have always been that way. We cannot expect them to change. Why not?
  • We cannot be responsible stewards of the environment without massive government taxation and regulation to tell us how. Why not?
  • We cannot coexist and build communities with people we disagree with religiously, politically, or economically on this planet. Why not?
  • We cannot feed the people of this planet without worrying about who gets paid for it. Why not?
  • We cannot do everything possible to see that every human being has an opportunity to pursue his or her talents to their full extent. Why not?
  • We cannot have a successful economy that doesn’t involve war and conquest for ideology and resources. Humans have always done this. We can’t change it. Why not?
  • A company must always have a bigger share of its market pie. It cannot be satisfied with merely employing thousands of people, keeping its customers happy, and making a healthy profit. Why not?
  • We cannot have a debt-free money supply and a banking system that doesn’t practice usury. Why not?

Each and every one of these negative premises is to some extent damaging people in our world. They make it harder for people to live their lives and get the most possible out them. We need to be asking a BIG why not on these issues and many others.

Someone owes us an explanation as to why the positive opposites of these premises are not the path we need to be following. Some can be reversed through our own personal actions. Others will require the disentrenchment of the powerful interests that keep these premises afloat.

Let’s pull this back to the personal level. You have negative premises too. Negative premises that are holding you back from your goals. Fortunately, the only entrenched interest you have to overcome to address them is you. I know, not always as easy as it sounds.

You don’t have to go to all the trouble of listing your negative premises. You probably could not come up with all of them anyway. Simply become aware of them when they appear. They are going to sound like the following.

  • I can’t pass the math test.
  • I can’t go to college.
  • I can’t get a better paying job.
  • I can’t be the top salesperson.
  • I can’t be the best baseball player.
  • I can’t be world-class musician.
  • I can’t be a good mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather.

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.

Every time you hear an “I can’t” come into your mind, you are establishing a negative premise. Whenever you recognize your mind formulating a negative premise stop and challenge yourself. Demand to know why you cannot do whatever it is you want to do.

When you begin to put this into practice you will see that dreaming things that never were and asking why not is a powerful tool for success.

Be positive Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

Bhutto Assassination Proof of Work to Be Done – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday December 27, 2007

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‘He offended me, he hurt me, he owes me, he took what was mine.’ Those who dwell on such thoughts will never be free from hate or find peace within.

‘He offended me, he hurt me, he owes me, he took what was mine.’ Those who dwell not on such thoughts shall be free from hate and find peace within.

For hate only feeds on itself; but love overcomes hate. This is an Eternal Law.

Few know that our purpose in this world is to live in harmony. Those who become aware of this cease their quarrels immediately.

~ Buddha (Dhammpada Chapter 1, verses 3-6)


benazir_bhutto.jpg‘The Buddha’s words are extremely timely today.

The news from Pakistan this morning is dire. Former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated after a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This nuclear-armed nation is about to be thrown into chaos and turmoil. Many on both sides will likely call for armed conflict.

Unfornately, 2500 years after these words were uttered too many human beings still don’t “get it”. Our leaders don’t “get it”. Our media certainly does not “get it”. Our arms dealers don’t “get it”.  We clamor for war. We clamor for revenge. We support leaders as “strong” who feed our desire for revenge and war.

The “it” is that violence is the birth of hatred and chaos, not the solution to it.

Even in the western nations, we extoll the virtues of our military prowess and take pride in the fact that we are better able than others to wreak havoc on our enemies. We honor the warrior above the peacemaker and so we get more of what we reward.

Most of all, we promise with a straight face that we will stop killing “them” right after they stop killing “us”. It’s circular logic because there are two sides to the “we” and “them” equation and both sides promise to stop the killing as soon as the other side does. And thus, the killing never ends.

In these few simple verses (and others like them in many sacred texts), rests the solution to the problem. But, we must be willing to take the medicine, if we are to be healed. 

We are reminded incessantly by the purveyors of war and vengeance that this is “unrealistic”.  “Neville Chamberlain, Neville Chamberlain,” they shout. “Peacefulness is weakness.” “We must be strong or our enemies will destroy us.”

The “kill them before they kill us” method has enjoyed a 10,000 year trial run in human civilization. It has utterly failed to solve our problems, but it does line pockets and create jobs. No other product or idea has failed so miserably and yet lasted so long. It survives because it plays on our lowest instincts such as fear and selfishness.

Pakistan is a perfect look into our own future, if we fail to take the medicine. If we fail to understand, as the Buddha says, “that our purpose in this world is to live in harmony.” If we fail to grasp that the vengeance mindset that counts every offense against us and ignores our own faults, is a mindset dooming us to destruction; then we are sealing our fate.

The expiration date on that mindset is fast approaching. The weapons of mass destruction genie is out of the bottle and we are, in a very few decades, going to be faced with a stark choice. Adversaries the world over are going to stand nose-to-nose with nuclear, chemical, and biological weaponry.

The question is will we choose to change or race down the fast track to destruction? The force of habit is hard to stop. We are a world addicted to violence. Sometimes an addict cannot stop himself even at the cost of self-destruction.

Here is the challenge for those of us who “get it” in 2008. We must increase our efforts bring positive change in the world. We must first convince our fellow human beings that a better world is possible. Shockingly, many don’t believe that it is.

  • We must “be the change we want to see in the world.” We must work on our own thoughts and actions to stay positive and focused on a better future. 
  • We must make intelligent, self-interested arguments that counter fear-based and selfishness-based arguments by capitalizing on positive core human instincts.
  • We must be patient with our fellow human beings. They have been conditioned to accept this nonsense for a long time and it is going to take time for them to change. 
  • We must recognize that help is not coming any time soon from our leaders and media who thrive and profit on the conflict. These institutions will probably be the last to change. We will have to force the change by changing hearts and minds.
  • We must see through arguments, even highly emotional ones, that rest on logical fallacies.
  • We must call attention to those logical fallacies and challenge their validity at every turn.
  • We must create a clear vision of what the world will look like without the conflict.

There is hope. There is possibility. There is opportunity. The world need not suffer constant chaos and violence.  For that to come about, though, enough people must believe.

Think about it today. Do you believe a better world is possible or have you bought into the assumption that nothing more is possible and so you accept what is?

I hear people say things like, “I don’t like war, but there has always been war.” “I know our leaders are corrupt, but leaders have always been corrupt.” We need not accept these as immutable truths.

John F. Kennedy quoted George Bernard Shaw in his inaugural address in 1961, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not?”

Today as the chaos heats up in Pakistan and elsewhere around our tiny marble of a world. I’m asking you to think about a better world and ask, “Why not?”

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray 

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