“There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Daily Nugget of Gold 1067
Our Own Little World
“I reject your reality and substitute my own” – Adam Savage (of the MythBusters)
Most of the time when we hear someone say, “They live in their own little world” it’s meant as a derogatory statement, isn’t it? People say that about someone who “refuses to face reality” or who does what they want in spite of how poorly they may fit in because of it. Consider this: When someone says that about someone else- are they perhaps being at least a little judgmental?
Most of us claim that we wish to be successful, and most of us- if we were honest with ourselves- would like to earn more and have more, wouldn’t you agree? Yet, ask yourself this: Why is it exactly that people without much wealth tend to criticize what people with wealth are like? Folks love to find fault with anyone who doesn’t do what they are doing, or they believe they would do- provided they had the means.
“It’s sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It’s about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way.” Adam Savage
Another thing most people would probably agree with within the conversation going on in their own minds is this- that they don’t live up to the standards they preach to others. Look, if we think we’re perfect- isn’t that a glaring personality flaw as well? We probably cut ourselves a little slack in that regard because we know we’re not perfect, don’t we? Yet, do we cut other people the same slack before passing judgment on them?
Yes, some people live in their own little world. Now, give it some thought- at least to an extent- don’t we? Yes, yes, yes, but our world is much closer to reality folks may say. You know, if reality is what we believe it to be, if we create our own reality as we go along- then why is their reality in any way less desirable than our own? They live in their reality, and we live in ours. We are different, for sure. Can we find it within ourselves to look for what we have in common and celebrate that- and the things that they do differently than we do? Can we at least try and understand just what it was within their own thinking that created their own unique viewpoint?
What Adam Savage said was meant as a celebratory proclamation of independent thinking, but we’re betting that some people look at it as a personal insult to themselves that someone might say that. Which is it for you? Or is it a little bit of both?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How have I come to this point in my thinking that I know what reality really is?”
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