Overcoming the Amygdala Part 88

The world is run by people with fixed ideas.

This includes fixed ideals.

Partly what assists people in rising to positions of political power is a blinkered and often short-sighted determination to force in a particular vision of ‘how things should be’ over the top of all opposition, and, in many cases, over the top of reason and common sense. Thus we get the adversarial and frequently completely ineffective so-called ‘political system’ of modern times — one ‘side’ forcing in a set of goals against the other side’s opposition. Both sides usually fail to pay much attention to the existing scene — i.e. what is actually happening and what actually works in reality. So you get a ‘reactionary versus progressive’ situation of continual combative government, rather than a sensibly evaluated scene. What we call ‘history’ is usually the documented records of this conflict throughout the ages.

Attempts to make and maintain ideals of one kind or another have left the world scattered with the ruins of civilisations, broken communities and shattered individual lives.

Violence in the home, the community, the society at large, the nation and the world results when ideals are not correctly discovered, stated and rationally worked towards. That’s because fixed ideals — someone’s notion of what’s right, rather than an evaluated conclusion based on observation — can’t help but exclude significant parts of a life, a group or a country.

What is needed in all these cases is an awareness of a correct ideal, observation of departures from it, the discovery of the biggest departure and a rational programme to tackle that largest gap — the source of most of the other problems — and bring things closer to the ideal.

The Next Most Serious Difficulty

Most people have trouble spotting what a ‘departure’ is; most people have difficulties working out what the Biggest Departure in any given set of circumstances is. Most people don’t think in terms of existing and ideal circumstances. But the next specific problem most people have when it comes to learning how to think is establishing correct ideals.

Why? Usually because they are overcomplicating it.

You just have to ask ‘What's the purpose of this item/place/person/job/scene?’

The purpose of a pencil is to draw. To accomplish that purpose, it needs to be able to be held in the hand and to be composed of material which leaves a mark.