Monday, February 8, 2016

Arguing For Your Limitations

Author Richard Bach (of Jonathan Livingston Seagull fame) once wrote:
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
In this day and age, we argue about everything. Conservatives bemoan the fact that there is too much government regulation, too many government programs that serve the lazy, too much tax, not enough religion. Liberals cry out that capitalism is evil, regulation is necessary because people can't control themselves, taxes need to be used to create more financial balance in the system.

What if we all stepped back and took a look at the boxes we believe ourselves to be in? Are poor people really lazy? Is capitalism evil? (Is socialism?) Are corporations greedy? Regardless of the memes we choose to run our lives by, is it necessary to be limited to these memes at all? The fact of the matter is, when we choose to label ourselves and others we limit what we allow ourselves and others to BE.

What if we stopped placing ourselves and others in predetermined boxes? What if we stopped focusing on how we are different from each other and instead began seeing each other as One? What would that look like?

Creation begins when you allow yourself to envision new possibilities. Albert Einstein came up with powerful equations and theories in the world of physics by looking at things from different perspectives (like actually picturing himself riding on a beam of light). J.K. Rowling conceived a whole new world of magic by allowing herself to ask what a magical world would look like.

Limitations exist because we refuse to see beyond them. All you do when you argue for your side (aka your limitations) is keep yourself inside the box. Argue for your limitations, and they are most definitely yours!


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