Letting go of our biases

What would happen if people would let go of their preconceived ideas when analyzing a new thought, idea or thing?

I know we all have our own ideas and experiences that act as a filter through which we see everything else. Kind of like a filter in front of the lens on a camera, it changes how we will see the image when the picture is taken. The same is true with our preconceived notions and how they affect the way we will see an idea. And this is especially true for new ideas.

What if we could train ourselves to look at new ideas without that filter? To look at the pros and cons of an idea with a more open mind before dismissing it? Of course, preconceived ideas and experiences can be a good thing. If I jump off my roof and break my leg, I will most likely think about that experience if someone were to say “hey, we should go up on the roof and jump off.” That’s where it can be good. That’s not being stupid, especially if you’ve already done it and it turned out not so great. That’s not really what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about hearing or seeing something or an idea and skewing what it could become based on your biased view and not really seeing the idea for what it really is.

What got me thinking about this was a commenter on one of my posts – How can we change anything? The person basically missed the whole point of the post which was enacting change in things that you don’t like, whether in your own life or in your community. And if not changing something,

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Rights of the Individual

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.  I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Statue of Liberty
Lady Liberty

Why do I do this?

So I wanted to explain why I am doing this. Why did I set up SickoftheSystems.com and start writing about the systems and what we can do to lessen our overall dependence on them? The simple answer is that I want to help people.

I want to help people look at things a little differently than they have been told to do so. I want to give people hope in their own lives that they’re not stuck, that they don’t have to be a part of the systems as much as they are and that some systems can be thrown out altogether. There are ways around them, there are ways through them. We may still have to work within them for certain things, but we don’t have to bow down and take whatever is thrown at us.

Another reason is that it helps me. It gives me a chance to get things off my chest, things that otherwise I would haul around. It gives me a voice that can be heard by more than my wife, coworkers, city council, etc. Call it a form of therapy?   That sounds about right. It also gives me hope that other people think the way I do. Having thoughts about how things could be or should be can be pretty depressing if you think that you’re the only one thinking them. The fact that others know that there are better ways out there gives me hope and should give you hope for this great country of ours.

I also want this to become a community of ideas. Each one of us have our own ideas about different things; what works, what doesn’t, how this should be handled, how that could be rectified. We all have tons of ideas and this should be a place that we can put some of those ideas to work, to get them out in front of more people and see what happens.

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How do we change anything?

If you want to change things in your life, the change must start with you. You must start to change yourself before anything else can change. Otherwise you are just coasting through like everyone else. You are like the wave on the sea tossed by any wind that comes its way.

Do something!

Typical Politician - Head up their ass
Typical Politician

If you are sick and tired of the systems, do something about it! I know those in power, some of those running the systems, don’t want you to know this, but guess what?  You do have power.  More power than you may think. You can cause a change in that which you don’t like. That is a dangerous concept because it puts you in control and that is what they are afraid of. Once a populace knows that they are the ones that are actually in control, it’s game over for them. They have lost. And they will stop at nothing to make sure that does not happen.   That is precisely why they oppose so many ordinarily good ideas, leaps forward for a society, and label them as bad, as the poor choices of the masses. They are scared shitless of these kinds of changes.  And yes, sometimes those in charge just have their heads up their asses.  But often, they do know what they are doing and are doing it for control and money.  What?  A politician wanting control and money?!  I know, it’s crazy.

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