Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pinch of Salt

We are only able to see a fraction of the light spectrum. Gamma rays, x-rays, ultra-violet, infra-red, microwaves, radio, TV, long-waves - we don't see them. If you haven't learnt the different flavours and subtleties of wine - one glass is virtually the same as the next. If you haven't learnt to speak a language, it is just sound. We are all born into a certain culture, with a certain gender, and a certain set of genetically defined tricks up our sleeves. Then we tick along gathering experiences. That determines the world we experience. 

There are bucket loads of things going on we are completely unaware of. As 'unaware of' as ants going on with their business while humans build skyscrapers all around them. The more we attempt to learn about everything that is going on, the more we should realise that it is absolutely impossible to understand or experience much more than tweaks. We are biologically not capable of more than that. Our super power is that we are able to depend on, and trust others. We have to straddle the fine line between not destroying things that we have built up over time (protection) and improving the things that don't seem to be working (progress). 

A common thread in a lot of our more challenging problems seems to be confident people believing they have cracked the code. They have seen the matrix. The thing is, it is not possible for anyone to have done that. The truth is, no one knows the answer. We like confidence. Charismatic people typically have a lot more answers than questions. Work environments typically reward the people who are best at faking confidence till they believe in themselves and their answers.

You slowly realise that adults don't have all the answers. Then you realise even idiots can run for President. Even idiots can be President. Even idiots can run companies. Intellectual idiots. Emotional idiots. Social idiots. Anywhere in the world. You realise that winning a Nobel Prize doesn't mean you are an expert on anything outside your field. You realise that you can win a Nobel Prize for something that later gets proved wrong. No one has the answers. We are all just giving it our best shot, based on the random set of stuff that we have been exposed to.

All you can do is add a pinch of salt to your opinions, try be constructive and get on with it.

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