As I was listening to a Q&A session during a health conference, I heard a Will Rogers quote that struck a chord. He stated:
“a man’s mind is changed by experience, not by argument.”
I thought to myself this means, “without experience mankind is willing to resist greater abundance and greater opportunities?” Where is the disconnect between cognitive awareness and the inability to apply practical modifications without experience? Have we truly sacrificed our ability to see new realities without pre-existing experiences? Have we grown so fearful of change we are willing to sacrifice self improvement and self worth for social “stability?”
What makes us follow a destructive path to the point we must experience PAIN (whether it’s physical or emotional pain?) Why must we travel this far before considering changing course? Why doesn’t knowledge (education) and witnessing other people’s experiences help us navigate life’s choices reducing unnecessary stress, frustration and failure?
The BEST answer (as well as the WORST answer) for this phenomenon is:
IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY!
We place ourselves in the role of helpless, powerless, non entity bystanders living a life without forethought. We place greater value in seeking approval from society and blending with it, than questioning societies motives and taking personal responsibility for the actions we live by. There is a belief that this approach keeps order and stability within our varying cultures. In reality, it prohibits independent creative thinking further diminishing an individual’s commitment to themselves. This concept has been imposed on us with such magnitude we become unwilling to accept the truth until we EXPERIENCE the PAIN OURSELVES. Even then society has taught us to turn to other people for answers, for this acts as a barrier to safeguard the current patterns in life we follow.
For example, if a person develops high blood pressure, they seek medical advice to solve their problem. The medical establishment maintains its influence over society by providing “THE ANSWER” to high blood pressure in the form of a synthetic drug taken for the rest of the person’s life. The next person found with high blood pressure follows the same regimen with the same outcome. Why does the individual have so little belief in the integrity and intelligence of their own body they are willing to blindly follow the advice of these medical physicians to remain on drugs (without any chance of cure) for the rest of their lives? The answer:
IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY!
If I may be so bold as to provide an alternative answer to “IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY” by taking Will Rogers statement and modifying it to read:
“a man’s mind can be changed by argument (intelligent discussion) and reinforced by experience.”
This approach restores individual creativity, responsibility and provides the incentive to regain control over one’s body as well as one’s mind. It avoids the ongoing destructive patterns so many have faced from generation to generation by abstaining from (blindly) following a society imposing its pressures to follow “traditional ways” of thinking and behaving. It opens the mind to accepting new truths and new ideas that seek actual solutions by providing the tools necessary for the body to heal itself rather than artificial synthetic substances that compete with the body (often causing additional complications and symptoms) to create temporary changes.
This new approach lets REASON guide our decision making rather than relying on our traditional need of EXPERIENCE. This leads to a greater sense of SELF EMPOWERMENT and SELF CONFIDENCE making it possible to take back CONTROL OF OUR LIVES. Health care professionals begin providing OPTIONS rather than simply mandating “prescriptive solutions.” Our new intelligence recognizes the potential conflicts of interest that perpetuate a “pharmaceutical only remedy.”
This new awareness creates resistance to our traditional approaches in health because we see the limitations they impose on us. At this stage in this transitional thinking words regain meaning and alternative actions become real solutions. We are no longer metaphorically shackled to the need to “EXPERIENCE PAIN” before considering altering our course in life. Opening one’s mind to this REALITY opens new doors to endless possibilities.
Would you rather remain a passive participant in life controlled by those benefiting from your reluctance to think independently or become a critical thinker balancing options put forth and taking responsibility for directing your own life?
The title of this post asks:
WHAT CHANGES WORDS INTO ACTIONS?
I suggest the answer may be:
The willingness to LISTEN; TRULY LISTEN and utilize those ideas that help define our purpose, meaning and direction in life.