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  • Reality: Hard Facts or Creative Ideas?

    May 22, 2009

    “I have to be realistic,” always gets my attention. I know I’m about to hear someone’s beliefs about what’s possible or impossible. I’m about to learn a lot about that person, but I’m not going to learn what’s real. What people usually mean by “reality” is “here are some limitations I’m assuming are part of the universe.”  Then they go on to describe what they believe is economically feasible or what they believe other people can respect. We don’t usually put it that way, of course, and we don’t usually notice that we are describing not some “reality” out there but our own idiosyncratic perspective on the world. The fact is (see, here comes a belief), we notice what we have learned to notice. That means we can also learn to notice things differently, to create new realities for ourselves, new paradigms of what is possible and of what is wise. More and more people now recognize that we need new paradigms, new beliefs, new realities.  And that’s a good thing.

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