Let me take you on an adventure. Not one that takes you across the globe to new and dangerous places, but one that takes you to new ideas and risky conclusions.
Let me take you on an expedition of the mind, which may unexpectedly be a greater undertaking than it may seem at first glance.
I’m asking you to think. To some that may not seem all that troublesome, but analog to a real life adventure, which take you out of familiar scenes, into unaccustomed situations, this exploit takes you to foreign thoughts and strange considerations.
Thinking within your frame of reference is like taking a walk around the block. We can all do it with great ease. But to consider opposite opinions and adverse angles, is a feat of courage.
Most of the troubles we create in the world are formed because we are not brave enough to see things from another side. We stick to what we know and defend it without any form of deliberation, causing us to live in a state of anxiety, in which we near-automatically end up with attitudes of aggression.
And all that because we are not as daring with exploits of contemplation as we are with enterprises of experience.
If only more people were audacious enough to explore, face and conquer new ideas and different perspectives. It would create a more open-minded community, less likely to venture into reluctance and intolerance.
And that’s the adventure I like to take you on. Overcome the apprehension of considering ideas, which may at first be strange or uncomfortable, and concepts that are conflicting with your overall view of the world. Only by invading their territory will you get accustomed to them, and will the fear of their unknown gradually fade away.
And when you train hard enough, maybe someday you will become fearless in the way you form mental images, and be objectively open to all outlooks and positions.
I wish you great journeys ahead.
Every once in a while I write what I call a poetic adventure. These are larger verses in which I place an unknown character on some path of discovery. Here is an overview of the ones I’ve written and/or posted so far:
– The Undefeated Knight, in which a knight is looking to be truly tested.
– The Book of Understanding, in which a seeker is looking for answers.
– The Porcelain Prince, in which a prince seeks to defend love.
– The Gloomy Aisles, in which a pionier encounters dark passages.
– Mechanical Malfunction, in which an emperor struggles with the law.
– Self-Produced Reflection, in which a thinker enters a land of science.
Have you ever been fearless in facing views that were initially foreign to you? Let me know what happened in the comments below.
A philosophical dreamer with a passion for self-reflection and contemplating life. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. He left a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.