You remember the popular Clairol “Loving Care” television commercial…
Only your hairdresser knows for sure
Everything we believe is based on our personal assumptions about reality. When Chicken Little got clunked on the head by an acorn, his perception was “The sky is falling!” Just like Chicken Little, our perception is our reality—even if it doesn’t line up with everyone else’s.
Our minds have models of what they feel represents reality. Everything we think we know is based on implied assumptions we’ve embraced about how reality works. These assumptions are known as “constructs.”
In science there’s a principle known as Occam’s Razor—this concept states that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Using Occam’s Razor we understand that the more constructs we need to have for a belief to be true, the more likely it’s not.
Some beliefs require an awful lot of constructs…the belief that we’ll always be alone, the belief that we’re not smart enough, the belief that we’re not creative, the belief that no one cares. These types of beliefs require thousands of constructs about reality in order to be accurate—there’s a much greater chance they’re not.
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.
It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
— Mark Twain
What do you know for sure—for absolutely certain?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan
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