Monday, January 2, 2012

Out of the box

The world is what it is because thinking inside the permitted boundaries of 'the box' shaped it. Its current situation is miserable in many respects which could be taken as an incentive to approach matters differently. To people living in prosperous part of the planet this may be an option wort considering, to others who are born or driven into less fortunate conditions a different type of solutions may be an urgent necessity.

What is this box? Why do people seem to continuously comply with the limitations it imposes, who conjured the box and for what purpose? By the way: the box is like depicted in the image above, it is not a small box in front of a person, but a small, restraining box with the person inside of it...

A striking oddity concerning the effects thinking in the box creates: None of the so-called 'experts' saw the financial crisis coming, none of them warned the people about it, but now that it is in the process of ruining life on earth, people continue to take the advice of the 'experts' on how to best survive the crisis. Their suggestions are all thoughts from within the box. Everyone with more than two functioning brain cells is aware of the fact that this type of reason led to the situation rapidly affecting an increasing number of people, yet still they retain their status of 'experts' whose advice is followed. Mainstream media perpetually provided a stage for the 'experts' to perform, which kept their audience (and their demise) in tact.

What is inside the box that keeps the bulk of the people clinging to it regardless of bad things happening to them because they never went outside it to look for solutions? Or are they perhaps simply unable to see the relation between conditioned thought and their deteriorating living conditions? If so, what causes that?

An other dramatic example of what in-the-box thinking can cause: in 2008 Wall Street decided to raise food prices. A year later the WHO noted that 130 million people more than before the raise suffered from malnutrition. This resulted in a larger number of people dying than in the WW-II holocaust. The horrific event was barely covered in mainstream press.

The press not reporting on specific matters is one of the phenomena causing people to continue to think in-the-box. After all, if the reason for ruin is not known, the urge to do things differently then before does not exist. Even if a lack of change makes things worse. Giving flawed or incomplete information (or none at all) is an other way to ensure that people will draw disastrous conclusions.

So what is covered in the press or not definitely contributes to continued in-the-box thinking. But the press is merely a tool. Figuring out who directs it and for what reason may give clues as to how this mechanism of persuading people to adhere to traditions works. This of course requires out-of-the-box thinking... Reasons to seriously consider other ways of thinking are piling up at a disturbing pace.

Have a nice day!

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