How much of conventional wisdom are you using? Is it controlling the way you go about your life?
Conventional wisdom is well-named, indicating what’s at stake – reasoning that is conventional. However, just because it’s widely spread and accepted, does it make it true? After all, what’s believed outrageous today is tomorrow’s conventional. This leads me to refusing to take established ‘truths’ for granted.
Common sense sounds a bit more irritating. It’s supposed to indicate basic knowledge and judgement in simple perception shared by all, and yet it’s highly dubious. What’s common sense for one is despicable for another.
To achieve unification, we’ve been exposed to constant repetitions, which then turn into clichés and aphorisms that are to be taken as general wisdom.
Knowing that common sense used to be the burning of witches, ethnic cleansing, suppression of the new, discarding the different, isn’t one to refuse to be pulled by these currents? If so, how to fight it?
When you’re raised to believe particular things as certainties, it’s hard to let go of that certitude. The feeling resembles an imaginary situation of losing ground under your feet.
That’s why religiously brought-up children are more likely to stick to religion and those without to remain unbelievers. Those who switch from one to another phase have done some serious thinking, considering and re-considering, weighing options on both ends, looking for proofs until they reach their decision of switching sides. To switch sides is not easy.
Now, finding where conventional wisdom starts and ends is not straightforward, and the only way to get outside ingrained rules and go beyond is to question everything.
The modern-coined word of thinking outside the box is about reaching beyond conventional wisdom as the standard for creativity and invention.
“l think, therefore l am”
Philosophers got it right long ago. By asking questions, even the simplest and dumbest ones, you’re bound to find a new meaning. Turn an object upside down and it’s completely different. Subjectivity is the new objectivity.
If we were all to think alike, the world would be a boring, boring place. And this is an age of individualism and going far beyond.
It’s time to ask the unquestionable; it’s time to be silly; it’s time to stand upside down and diagonal; it’s time to be bold and look where apparently there’s nothing to see; it’s time to reject categorizations; it’s time to get rid of labels; it’s time to be biased; it’s time to be personal; it’s time to be experimental; it’s time to really be different.
Familiarity is going out of date; finding comfort in the uncomfortable (unconventional) should be the new standard.
Do you agree? Where do you place your individuality? Please share in the comments.