Since the dawn of communication our reality has been expanding. First it was news from the next village and then over the millennia it has stretched to include photographs of other planets. This expansion has increased the scope of our reality; no longer do we base our beliefs about the “world around us” on what we personally experience; we take on the beliefs of others without questioning them. Are we right to do this?
I know from talking to other people the idea of limiting your reality can be seen as quite radical, but I would like you to ask you to suspend your normal rationale and take a new look at your life around you.
I am sitting at my desk and the radio is on. Currently the lady on the radio is telling me that there is an accident on the M1 near Milton Keynes. Later I will go home and listen to my husband telling me about his day, and the same with our lodger. On my way home I may listen to Radio 4 and hear about current affairs. From all of this I am getting an idea of what the world is like. But I have not experienced any of it. All I have done is sit at my desk to write this blog then seen a stretch of road between my office and my home.
How much of our reality do we build from the media and from other people? All of that information comes flooding to us and we rarely question it. But what if we consider that it has all come through the filter of someone else? One person’s experience of a situation is going to be different to another’s. And how do we know what they are telling us is true?
Centuries ago it was believed that the world was flat. No-one actually knew this as a proven fact, it was just what was believed. The information was passed around and people blindly accepted it and based their reality on it, including the fears that they may fall off the edge if they went too far. It wasn’t really until someone saw that the world was round that it could be truly believed, and even then, only when photographs were brought back could this information be proven.
How much of what you believe about the world is based on personal experience and how much has slipped in the back door through the media or people you speak to? How many of your fears are based on this information?
A good example of this is the way we see the economy. We are told the country is falling apart, people are being made redundant left, right and centre and there are no jobs. Because of this we often hold fears that we will be next for redundancy. But look around you; how many unemployed people do you know that are actively seeking a job? I personally know of one person, and she has an interview soon that will put her forward for a number of jobs.
Should we really be so scared?
I would like to lay down a challenge to all who have read this. For one day I ask you to turn off the tv and radio, put the newspapers and magazines down and try not to discuss current affairs with your friends and colleagues. Shrink your world and take a fresh look at what is really there. Look for the positives around you and you may well find that the world isn’t as terrible as you thought it was.
After this you may find you never pick that newspaper up again. Build your reality on what you experience yourself, not what the media tells you.
People may tell you you need to know what is happening in the world, but do you really? I work on the basis that if there is something I can do, tell me all about it. If there is nothing I can do, I don’t want to know. Holding fear and hatred because of what I have been told is doing more harm than good, both to me and to the planet as a whole.