Why is it hard to gain a fresh perspective?
I think it has got to do — are you ready for this? — with professional golf teachers.
I’m told the hardest part for a professional golf teacher isn’t helping adult golfers develop a picture-book swing. The hardest part is getting adult golfers to stop using a bad one.
The same is true for professional word teachers.
The hardest part isn’t helping adult word-users gain a fresh perspective. The hardest part for a professional word teacher is getting adult word-users to change how to look at words.
Change how you look at words
When word-users change how they look at words, their worlds change.
You can bet your life on it.
Talk about a fresh perspective.
Nothing is believed until it’s true
Part of a fresh perspective is seeing, maybe for the first time, that the invention of words divided the word-users’ world into the wordless and the wordy.
Maybe also for the first time, it is seeing that the words and the word-users follow what preceded them since the birth of the planet 4.65 billion years ago, including the inventions of the eyes and the brains half a billion years before the invention of words.
Put differently, there’s no question about it, the words and word-users are part and parcel of evolution.
Without words (in the wordless world), there is no evolution.
Certainly for the first time, the final part of a fresh perspective is seeing that “Animal with words” appears under both the “WORDLESS” and the “WORDY” worlds at the same time.
That’s due to the fact that words don’t matter.
In that way, words defy our understanding of how evolution works.
As depicted above, the wordless include not only the fire, air, earth, and water, but also everything invented by those 4 in the 4.65 billion years since they created the Earth.
In other words, the wordless include what the word-users name nature.
“To see, we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.” – Claude Monet
The wordy include the word-users, that is the animals with words (you and me), and the machines.
Every word-user is unique like everybody else.
Therefore, it goes without saying but for the purpose of a fresh perspective I say it anyway, each word-user has their own truth(s).
In other words, to each their own.
The machines are excepted because everybody knows that the machines operate on programs and that the difference, if any, is not in the programmed machines, but in who is using them.
If it were different, all word-users would change how they look at words at the same time, all their worlds would change in the blink of an eye, and we’d gain the first fresh perspective since the beginning of words before the end of the day.
And here’s how to make this wishful thinking come true:
Don’t think twice in the beginning is the word.
Just think it once and for all instead.
If you ever want a fresh perspective again, but don’t know how, it’s simple to do.
Change how you look at words.