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You Can‘t Change What You Aren‘t Aware of!

You Can‘t Change What You Aren‘t Aware of!

The ability to understand the self is not an innate ability. People learn how to act through examples of others and by testing limits. Change is hard, often because it is scary. This fear stems from fear of the unknown or being different.

Make it Easier to Change 

Exposure, to other ways of doing and thinking is a beneficial reality check. Changing perception is vital for societal growth. Also, it can broaden options, encourage empathy, and reduce ego-centric tendencies .

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Understanding YOU as the Starting Point in Perception

Understanding YOU as the Starting Point in Perception

Humans come into the world

dependent. Blame biology.

The Necessary Ego

As complex, sentient, conscious beings, most p.eople learn to develop internal safety features.. Thus, ego develops and becomes stronger based on individual experiences.

Developmentof the "I"

Growing up dependent, while having restrictions placed by others, is not always cool for the individual. Eventually, the self becomes defined within our minds. We begin to see subjectively.

This is the "I".

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Do You Feel Trapped or Do You Recognize Your Options?

Do You Feel Trapped or Do You Recognize Your Options?

Many people think that they have little choice, when it comes to their initial lot in life. For some, this is true. For others, they understand that there are always options.

Those that feel that they always have choices, they were either taught to view the world with an open mind... or maybe they too, are familiar with the German philosopher Martin Buber

Before going on first consider how you see the rest of the world...

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Is the Rest of the World... Objects or Subjects?

Is the Rest of the World... Objects or Subjects?

Ponder

Do you consider the other strangers in the world, individually as 'they' or 'it'?

Or do you consider the individual, as 'you'?

Do you think about what you can get from people, specifically strangers? Are you focused on independent, goal, or objective solutions?

Alternatively, do you often take time to consider the person? Do you consider each person is just another person, as similar to you?

Pick: Empathy or Opportunity.

These are some base references for the 'I THOU' relationship.

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Edwin A. ABBOTT

Learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.

EDWIN A. ABBOTT

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Why We Must All Aim to Be Better People...

Why We Must All Aim to Be Better People...

There's no escaping it. People have no problem seeing from their internal "I" space.

Seeing through another's eyes though? Seeing through EYES of another vs. "I" of the self is sometimes uncomfortable. However, growth is rarely pleasant.

And... the truth is, seeing beyond stuff, opportunity, and position can lead to honest, transparent, and truly magical moments of pro-social communication. This is much needed for the self, and society as well.

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FLATLAND QUOTE

“If a man with a triangular front and a polygonal back were allowed to exist and to propagate a still more Irregular posterity, what would become of the arts of life?”

A Square

FLATLAND QUOTE

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