How do you change a culture? I was plagued with this very question today and most of my adult life, wondering how did we ever get to this place? What place, you’re probably wondering? A place of disconnect and discord for one another, always under the assumption of an attack, thus allowing our impulse to wrongfully articulate our true feelings. It sounds crazy or maybe a little delusional, to want one thing, but portray another. And why can’t the two just connect? Our desires seem to not align with our actions, how is that even possible? And how do we change the fact that at times although we desire to do good, we continuously choose to do the complete opposite. So here are my theories on changing the culture based on two components, mindset and self-image.
First, “the mindset,” as stated in Wikipedia: a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people. The word “assumption” seemingly stands out, as it appears to be the pitfall of most if not all of one’s disconnect with reality. For some reason there is a tendency to assume what we do not understand, hence making your assumptions the “projected outcome” of your alternate reality. For lack of better words “your mindset directs your life.” Every life decision, even daily decisions stems from the way that you think. So, consider this, the mindset is the “processing center” of the mind; therefore, all information received by the mind is interpreted through “the mindset.” The mindset then filters that information through experience, belief systems, acquired knowledge, etc. During the time of filtration is usually when the transition begins from reality to your “alternate reality.” This is why two individuals looking at the same picture can grasp two different concepts because “the mindset” i.e. “processing center” does not process information the same from one individual to another.
Furthermore, the mindset is not easily altered, thus making it extremely challenging to change. There is a vast difference between changing your mind vs. changing your mindset. The exact term itself explains, mind+set= a "set mind." Changing one's mindset can takes years of consistent reprogramming and continuous learning. Just imagine the age you were when you first begin to learn about certain morals and family traditions. There are certain principles and methods that are learned from an adolescent stage in life that you may utilize through adulthood; thus making it extremely hard to change after years of routine practice.
Now how does this relate to culture? Although we desire to have unity and equality, the mindset has been the biggest hinderance amongst individuals. Why? Because each "mindset" has a "set" of rules, morals, values, practices, and traditions that it "believes" to be "right." Most "like minded" individuals form groups around their beliefs, choosing to grow only within the capacity of that group. What has to occur in order for an individual to "grow out" of their mindset is to go "beyond" their mindset. So here's the plot twist, I cannot teach you what I do not know and you will not know what I do not teach you. Did you get that? So, therefore an individual's mental learning capacity will only expand as far as their ability to connect with the unknown and unfamiliar. An individual has to be willing to go outside the box, "expand"; expansion requires unity and unity springs forth equality. There are levels to this!
Join us again next week as we dive into the next level- Self Image! (Part II)
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