On The Evolution Of Ideas
Times change, ideas change, and people change. The concept of evolving ideas is crucially important. Once you become locked into a certain set of beliefs, you throw away any chance of evolving and actualizing any possibilities you have of becoming something greater.
Everyday, each one of us comes across someone who is truly intransigent. Unfortunately, this person is more than likely to be an older person. One of the downfalls of growing old is growing into a set of beliefs. Not a living being on this Earth has all the answers. If they did, we’d all be living happily. However, since we aren’t always happy and we don’t always agree, there are always going to be different ideas about life.
You must maintain a balance though. The balance is between how you view life, and the potential for other ideas. When you start to cling to one more than the other, your life starts to go a little haywire.
For instance, imagine a Christian who has never considered any other source of consciousness and existence other than creation. They suddenly are living in a constant state of cognitive dissonance when they read in the paper of compelling evidence of the “Big Bang.” The balance is lost because the man is unable to release his old idea in order to provide room in his consciousness for a different view on life.
On the other hand, the man who is unable to remain with any certain idea for a significant amount of time (a “significant amount of time” would be long enough to find out if the idea works for him or not) is lost. You could compare him with a leaf flowing down a river. He just goes with the flow and he isn’t able to make important decisions because he doesn’t have a solid foundation for his views on life.
Evolution of ideas is a delicate process. You have to take the ideas you already have, and, through a slow blending process, incorporate new ideas. It’s somewhat of a “put-off, put-on” concept. When you come across a new idea, it will most likely conflict with an old idea. You must find a way to replace the old with the new. This process will undoubtedly cause a disruption is the way your other ideas fit in with your views. Just keep evolving until you come to equilibrium. You will be on your way to living in balance. As long as you keep this process up, you will never be considered intransigent, or “set in your ways.”