Let your reality check bounce …

We are all victims of misconceptions, especially childhood ones, whether intentionally caused or not.

For example, a friend used to think tiny people lived in traffic lights, and it was their job to change them.

Another thought all dogs were boys and all cats were girls.

I think watermelons have a lot to answer for. I believed if you swallowed a watermelon seed, a plant would grow in your stomach. I overheard, and believed, that having a baby was like pushing a watermelon from your rear end (terrified me for years).

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I told you watermelons have a lot to answer for!
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According to repeated nationwide surveys …
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Okay, so we’re learning as we go. But we still accept so much of the world around us without question. Travel and information broaden our experience of different cultures, rules, traditions, beliefs, and of course, bathroom plumbing.

In some parts of Asia, Africa and Arabia men hold hands as a sign of respect and friendship, nothing more. But that’s not reality for many other men who have been socialised to interpret that in a romantic way. Just ask George Bush.

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What about more serious misconceptions? A flat Earth? Racism? Sexism? That women and Aboriginals had no right to vote? Slavery? The colourful history of medicine? What is around the corner that will make us gasp when we look back in a few years? Did we really believe we were the only life form in the universe? I don’t know.

Do yourself a favour and take the 45 seconds to watch this clip of Steve Jobs’ Vision of the World.

I think Steve Jobs was smart. Probably a lot smarter than most people. And he was a risk-taker. But I still get his point. So many things we accept as reality are just what someone made up, somewhere, sometime. Yet we are so often trapped, seeing these beliefs as truths. We are not confident enough to question, to view ourselves as instruments of change.

I think what Jobs said is liberating. He reminded us to be objective and to have courage in our beliefs. Now I just have to implement it. 

So where will I start? I’m working on it … But first, I’m going to be smug. I always knew why they really developed seedless watermelons. And the other point, about giving birth? It’s true.

Any walls you’d like to ‘bash into’, as Steve Jobs said?









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24 Responses to Let your reality check bounce …

  1. I really liked the Steve Jobs video. It reminded me of a radio interview I listened to this morning with Amy Fan about how minority authors are ignored by mainstream media and that the books that get on the bestseller list (mostly written by whites) are there because somebody chose them to be there. It doesn’t mean they are better books than books that don’t get on the NY Times Bestseller List or even books that never get published. These books were chosen by people who are (to quote Jobs) no smarter than you or me. They just happen to be in a position where they can decide what is good literature. But it is only an opinion:)

  2. Thanks for posting the Steve Jobs clip. This is something I know, but often find it hard to remember.

  3. haelanra says:

    I found your post thought-provoking and interesting. I loved the idea of tiny people living in traffic lights and trying to change the lights. 🙂 Reminds me of when how I was little I used to imagine tiny people living on human scalps and tilling the soil of our scalp to make long strands of hair grow. The white hairs were the weeds that they had to pull out before it was too late. Misconceptions certainly are dangerous things, and your post reminded me once more of the importance of breaking through those walls in my life!

    • Hello Esther. Thanks for dropping by.
      You reminded me of a fairy tale where tiny elves come and clean at night. No wonder kids get thinking…..
      Yes, I’ve taken the status quo for granted many times! Good luck!

  4. Lee-Anne says:

    Hi Susan, your post reminds me of my favourite writer/philosopher/wit’s quote about life and limitations: “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” XX

  5. Reblogged this on Totally Inspired Mind… and commented:
    Here is an awesome article from my friend Susan Lattwain about change and us having the potential to change our realities as well as other people’s too. Don’t be afraid to be a leader and be the one who came forward with something better than anyone has thought of. It all begins with one great idea.

    Paulette L Motzko

  6. Debbish says:

    Love the fallibility reminder from Steve Jobs!

  7. Peekiequeen says:

    Awesome Post Susan! Something I think every single person needs to recognize and believe in. We need those little refreshers every so often to wake us up and remind us that we do have a purpose perhaps far greater than even we can imagine. Thanks for that.

  8. suzjones says:

    I grew up worrying about watermelons growing in my stomach too. You’re right watermelons have a lot to answer for. 😉
    I think it’s true that we need to bang into some walls. I’m going to try to.

  9. jbw0123 says:

    On Steve Jobs, and being objective: or, throw in the towel and admit we can’t be objective. We’re driven by our emotions, history, experiences and biology, and a tiny bit by reason, which works like a press secretary, spinning the story to make ourselves look as correct as possible. No matter how cautious and careful we are, no matter how we limit our lives, bad things still happen.

    A lot of Americans of my generation grew up in a very lucky time — no wars on our shores, lots of resources to gobble up, lots of territory to move into. Many of us, including moi, have this sense that somehow our fortune comes from doing things right. (Buzzer sounds, red light flashes) LUCKY. I’ve given up on objectivity, and aim for taking myself less seriously. I succeed about 1% of the time. Dang reason.

    You’re right about the watermelon and babies. I love the picture of GW and his BFF.

    • Thanks for visiting! Steve Jobs consistently had interesting things to say, like Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde.
      I know what you mean about the lucky times. It’s overwhelming to think we won a lottery being born—a particular sperm and egg; let alone in which decade, parents, or country.
      Glad you can relate to the watermelon and babies, I put that in at the risk of my daughters being SO put off, I’ll never have grandchildren.:)

  10. Terrific post, Susan. I had a somewhat similar conversation with a young lady recently who was telling me how worried she was for mankind as we seem to be pushing the boundaries of science and medicine, taking it in a direction that, to her mind, teetered on the edge of dangerous. I reminded her that if any of us were to be transported 300 years back in time, and tried to live our lives as we do now, we’d be burned at the stake for our depraved ways.
    I love the idea of bashing the walls. What’s on the other side can be scary, but also breathtaking and revelatory. I say go for it. With gusto.

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