July 9th, 2008 15:05 EST
Let It Begin!
The Black Swan Principle derived from an old European belief that all swans are white, because all swans known of in that society at that time were white.
Until people from that society ventured to Australia and discovered black swans. In this context, a black swan is a metaphor illustrating something believed to not exist, or is unexpected, unanticipated and considered improbable. This idea typically refers to "a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event or concept beyond the realm of normal expectations" which is significant and substantial enough to alter common conception.
Our beliefs about reality define how we approach our reality, according to what we think or assume is real-- most especially, what we believe is possible.
As with computers, our programming determines our behaviors and attitudes, how we respond to input: garbage in, garbage out.
We are programmed-- conditioned-- by our experiences, observations and culture... but we can also (re)program ourselves.
Consider this: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Scientologists and Atheists don`t live in the same world. They don`t experience the same reality, conceptually, because their interpretations of what is real differ. A universe managed by a deity is a fundamentally different one than a universe that is not.
Similarly, a universe without alien life is substantially different than a universe with alien life.
It doesn`t matter if there is a monster under the bed. If we believe not only that monsters can be under beds, but that a monster actually is under our bed, then we behave as if that were so. From the vantage point of a child, adults are giant. Children also tend to perceive the possibilities of the world as infinite. It is only when we impose rules, regulations and rituals on ourselves that the possibilities become ever more limited.
The Children have the right idea, in this regard.
Think about how ridiculous and trivial it is to not only have a designated "salad fork", but to be concerned with its "proper" table placement and use.
Or the non-sensical common assumption that a suit and tie is necessary or appropriate "professional" or elegant attire.
Or the ludicrous notion that your god, your country, your political affiliation, your sports team, your race, your gender, your sexual orientation, your class, gang or clique is right, good and superior... and everyone who believes differently is automatically wrong, bad or inferior not because they are wrong, but because they are different or contrary. It`s all so arbitrary! Juvenile. Foolish.
There is nothing particularly frightening about snakes, rats or spiders-- in and of themselves... and yet some people are afraid of them, just because of a belief.
Beliefs become behavior.
Black people were enslaved, discriminated against and freed because of a belief. We went to the Moon because of a belief. Jessica Mae Stover initiated the Artemis Eternal film project because of a belief. Star Trek is a global cultural phenomenon because so many people believed in its message of excellence, hope and optimism for the future.
People tend to underestimate the power of what they believe to influence actions; indeed, the power they have to make things happen. Or not happen.
We make so many assumptions about the world we live in or believe we live in... assumptions about each other and ourselves.
If we are going to assume anything, let it be greater responsibility for being aware of what we believe and why.
We can either consciously and intelligently choose what we believe, or blindly and thoughtlessly adopt the beliefs of others.
We can either think for ourselves, or let others do it for us. We can be our own person-- deciding for ourselves who we are, what we do and believe... or surrender our identities and be mere puppets and mimics at the whim of others.
The way things are is not how they have to be. We can believe differently.
To be different is to believe or act differently than the status quo.
If we want to create a better world... if we are going to make the world a better place, then first we must believe that it is not only desirable to improve the world, but also that it is possible for us to do so.
Imagine the possibilities.
Currently based in Houston Texas, Sean Stubblefield graduated Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Television Production. A philosopher poet, Stubblefield has been writing non-fiction for 15 years, and has penned eight books to date. His first book, Paradox: A Journey Inside Out is available today at Amazon.com.
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