We cannot hope for a better world until we drastically re-frame our minds. I believe it is of the utmost interest of populations to participate in a collective initiative against negative perceptions of thought. Only when we realise how crucial it is to ignore these perceptions, only then we can continue our discussion.
I shall now explain what I mean by 'better world', 're-framing our minds', and 'negative perceptions of thought'.
A BETTER WORLD
How can we accept the world we are living in, except out of fear for worse? How can we say that accomplishment is nothing else than a glimpse of hope, when our life seems to be focused on obtaining one thing or another?
When confronted with difficulties, we are flooded with worries. A state where complaining comes as natural as breathing, but inefficient altogether. Let us follow this thought and see where it's leading us.
I am stating so far, that the only reason for us to accept this world is because we fear for worse. That is, we would gladly accept a change if a better and more suitable opportunity arises. The statement, however, doesn't imply that we are looking to change anything. Contrary to popular belief, change is associated with risk and therefore considered by the human mind anything else but the primary option, when thinking of taking an initiative.
So, if we want change but we are not really prepared to initiate it, what can we say about the world we are living in? We look around us and it would take seconds to find suffering, misery, and hardship. No one is to blame for that but us, humans. There is no rational argument for blaming trees, dogs, or parrots for our current state.
Therefore, when I say 'better world' I mean a world in which we stop being selfish and frightened of change.
RE-FRAMING OUR MINDS
I will leave aside the obvious biological influence on the brain and focus on what we can do to sustain an initiative for a better world.
Some might argue that it is not just one thing which needs to be done. My reply to them is that I agree. However, out of many things which can be done to construct a better world, only one is the most significant: re-framing our minds.
I shall explain what I mean by re-framing minds but for reasons of clarity, let us take a closer look at the three most relevant and important experiences a human must live from birth until what I call the irreversible state of consciousness. Or simply put, death.
These three are interconnected, indispensable, and together they form the essence of being relevant within the cosmology of thought.
Note: I will elaborate on these three experiences and talk about why I think of them as being the most important things in life, at a later date.
- The pursue of knowledge
- The continuous struggle to become a better person
- The ignorance of negative influences and perceptions
As I mentioned earlier, I shall elaborate on the above in another article. Nevertheless, there are a few points I want to make for each.
On 1, I say that the absence of it nullifies one's relevance within the dynamic nature of the world.
On 2, I see it as a duty towards the self.
On 3, I view it as a necessary condition for 1 and 2, but also the only way to achieve pure happiness.
By re-framing our minds I mean accepting, living, and convincing others that 1,2 and 3 cannot be anything else than an absolutely essential part of a human life.
NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS OF THOUGHT
This final point is first and foremost an extension of 3. The main reason for labeling the terminology as relevant and essential, is because our current state of misery has deep roots within negative perceptions of thought. We are constantly bombarded with something that harms us. Not only individually, but also collectively.
My focus here will be on the second part - the collective aspect of it. I will discuss the individual responsibility in regards to negative perceptions of thought in another article.
Societies have a duty to reject the public awareness of negative thought, unless the presence of it will somehow initiate positive outcomes. What I mean by that, is a collective rejection of actions which can lead to a negative perception of life.
I will end with a scientific fact which has been researched by many neuroscientists. One of the most prestigious of them, Dr. Daniel Kahneman, discussed the way in which our amygdala funnels the visual and auditory data which we receive and acts as a 'danger sensor'.
A long time ago, whenever we heard a noise in a bush we imagined a tiger, as part of our survival instinct. We got used to perceiving negative thoughts and now, thousands of years later, our mind is more interested in negative news than anything else. Dr. Kahneman talks about negative biases within our minds.
We, as people, have a negativity bias, which is the tendency to give far more attention to negative details than positive ones. Another bias is the confirmation bias, which is our tendency to selectively look at information or see information that confirms our preexisting notions. In other words, if we have a set of beliefs, we automatically look for a confirmation of that belief.
The problem is, that our preexisting notions are typically negative and therefore, we’re reconfirming our negative expectations. Ultimately we are kept in a negative state of mind and we end up in a situation that our amygdala is always on high alert and it is screening out the positive news / perceptions and allowing in the negative ones.
This is something that can and has to be changed. It will be a sustained afford, where both academics and non-academics can work together.