Category: Thought Provoking

Philosophical viewpoints that make you think

One Human, Snowballs and a Paradigm Shift?

Recently a black man offered his opinion to  how he thought the world could be a better place.  His sentiments  echoed those of our own.  Now, the mere fact that we have to indicate the person speaking was “black” is  sad in and of itself (as color should not play a role in defining our ability to be moral, just and kind); but in order to illustrate the segregated nature of reality it is noted. 


This particular individual (paraphrasing here) said, ‘As soon as we start looking at each other as human beings (not black, not white or any other color) and as Americans, things will get better’. 


Agreed.  Think about it! It has to start somewhere. Someone, somehow has to set aside egos and past perceptions and begin to look at others in a different light. One person, one human being looks at another and acknowledges them as a fellow human; not a different race or religion or some sort of hurdle to overcome or burden to carry. Simply a fellow being, just like them. 


That person, in turn, then looks to another and the same shift occurs; and it snowballs.  This is the beginning of the “Paradigm Shift”.


What we mean by a paradigm shift is we all need to start considering things from a different perspective.  Set aside our preconceptions and egos and simply be human. Open our minds to alternatives.


A paradigm is defined as a typical pattern, a standard, perspective or set of ideas.  They are beliefs that go unchallenged for generations. We grow up being taught certain thinking patterns and ideas based on our community, schools, family or friends.  Our thoughts may change over time from life experiences or they may be further ingrained.  In either case, what if the ingrained patterns of thought (the paradigms) are outdated, immoral or just plain off?  What if the paradigms shifted?


And, what if the thinking patterns and perspective of everyone shifted in the same direction?  No black, no white, no democrat, no republican; just humans being human.  One human race,  moral and invincible.


It is noted that perhaps “…the greatest barrier to a paradigm shift, in some cases, is the reality of paradigm paralysis: the inability or refusal to see beyond the current models of thinking.”.


We believe as intelligent and emotional beings we can overcome this barrier.


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We explain our “Entering LiFE…” logo!

So, it appears some of our designs require some minor explanations in order to understand the thought process behind them. For example “Entering LiFE / EST NOW”. We thought it was pretty straightforward but everyone’s perspective is different and the thought process is coming from a different background.

Anyway, everyone loves those town signs welcoming you to your next destination. It’s usually a happy time like a vacation with your kids as you get excited moving that much closer to your destination. Well, the same goes for life; at least is our eyes. The thought process is that its time to enter life, get in the game; and it is always established NOW. Life is not a destination but a constant state of being and rather than float from one moment to the other; enter life, get in the game and start participating.

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Change is good, right?

Change is good, right?  Traditions are good, right?  Well, which is it? Change or No Change?  I guess it’s up to the individual.  Or is it?

They say yoga relieves stress through meditation and discipline (ritually practicing over and over, the same time each day).  Then there’s sleep. Experts tell us to try to go to bed the same time each night and get the same amount of distraction free sleep to keep our bodies finely tuned and in line with bio-phases. 

Both, establishing rituals and patterns; without change.  These are both supposed to add happiness and health to our lives.  But, do they? 

Then there’s change.  Change brings questions, projecting, stress and distractions. Sounds to us like change is bad…really bad, even.  Not so fast, let’s think about what happens during No Change and Change.

Picture yourself driving in a snowstorm – the snow mesmerizing as it zooms through the blackness toward the windshield.  The rhythmic sound of the moving windshield wipers. 

Nothing changes and hours later the temptation is to fall asleep. 

How about the work day.  Alarm goes off, out of bed, drive to work, work all day, drive home, cook, eat, sleep, alarm goes off; repeat.     

Sometimes No Change can be bad.  It’s all in the “relative perspective” of the person dealing with it.  Let’s look at it from the other side.  Not the right side or the wrong side, just another side. 

So what if you’re comfortable in your own skin, your family and work life is great and all is wonderful in your world?  Wouldn’t not changing anything be a good thing?!  Maybe knowing you have a job and co-workers to go to every day gives your life stability.  Wouldn’t No Change be a good thing?!

Then there’s traditions.  The definition of tradition is:  an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior.  An established or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior??…ouch!.  Put that way tradition doesn’t sound so good! 

So where does tradition fit into Change vs No Change?  Well, what if a customary pattern makes someone happy, soothes their stress?  Since it’s a tradition there is less likely to be worrisome changes to be dealt with?  Wouldn’t that be a good thing?  Maybe.  Depends on which side you’re on.  Take for example apple picking and Christmas decorating; the things that keep some of us grounded and make us happy; while boring the hell out of others and adding stress to their lives trying to keep up with traditions set so many years before us; without our input. 

Here’s one that has more likely than not happened to many of us.  Your boss calls you into their office and tells you the job you’ve been getting up every morning and faithfully going to and working at for the last 14 years no longer exists.  Wait! What?  You will now be doing a job you are unfamiliar with and may not have the experience to fulfill.  BAM!  How’s that for stress level!?  Can you feel the cortisol coursing through your veins? 

For some, yes.  For others it’s an opportunity.  An opportunity for advancement. An chance to meet new people and cavort in new social circles. A chance to simply try something new.  Again, it’s all “relative perspective” for the person whose life the change is affecting. 

So, is change good or bad? Who the hell knows? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.  But one thing is for sure, the question keeps the world interesting. 

Just remember regardless if you’re a “Change” or “No-Change” person; LiFE is ALWAYS NOW.  Make the most of what you choose.

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Memorial Day Reminder

Me·mo·ri·al Day/məˈmôrēəl ˌdā/noun

a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

For many it is the unofficial start of summer in the North. Packed with parades, road races and cookouts. But, for some it’s a somber reminder of fallen and lost loved ones. While we enjoy our activities let’s not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us to be able to safely and comfortably spend time with family and friends.

So, let’s take a moment to remember those gone before us, fighting for our right to live free; and, let’s be there for those still here that have lost loved ones.

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