Today I have the honor of sharing with you a perspective from an educated, well travelled, honorable, and intelligent man. Steve has served our country in a variety of well respected capacities and in various corners of the globe. In this article he makes us look at the perspective from which we view the world. Providing help in Escaping Our Culturescape.
Escaping Our Culturescape
You are correct; you will not find the word Culturescape in most dictionaries other than on the web in one of the “Urban” dictionaries. The definition you will likely find is – “something you see which is man-made, as opposed to a landscape which is an element of nature.”
In his book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, the author (and CEO and Founder of Mindvalley) Vishen Lakhiani describes Culturescape as a form of culture (to include race, religion, sex, beliefs, language, etc.).
This culture is imposed upon us from a young age by adults (parents, teachers, friends, groups, schools) and others.
No child is “born” speaking a certain language, having certain religious beliefs, with certain moral and ethical values. These and ALL other influences on children come from external sources.
Have you ever noticed that the dominant species on our planet takes years to be self-sufficient, but a baby deer can walk within minutes or hours and can take care of itself long before it reaches elementary school age?
For this reason, it does not make any real sense to say I was born Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, or I was born Republican, Democrat, Socialist, or Communist.
For thousands of years, our views of humanity, society, governments, religion, laws, customs and politics are all views formed by OTHER people, who were NOT more intelligent than we are. Some of these views have changed, like the earth is flat and the earth is the center of our universe.
But to a large degree we are operating under belief systems that have outlived their shelf life and if thought about for any length of time would likely be determined to be invalid. And yet, we continue to operate under these rules. Why?
Some people would perhaps say, well this is the way it has always been or my parents raised me this way, or it just makes sense. Really? The recently popular phrase “Common Sense is Not Common Practice” should be made into an international bumper sticker and printed in all languages.
Escaping Our Culturescape – Change the model
So, if we believe that a certain model of the world is incorrect what are we to do? I believe that there is only one thing we can and should do. Change the model!
History, customs, habits be damned! WE make our model of the world, OR we allow others to impose their model on us. Do you realize how powerful that makes you?
You do not need to get up every morning and go to a boring job, work for a (to be nice) less than the pleasant boss, or put up with nasty coworkers.
Yes, in the short term this might be necessary for financial reasons. But do you need to live your entire life working under a system of values, beliefs and situations that make you miserable? The answer is NO!
Escaping Our Culturescape – Brules
You are free to form your model of the world, set up your life system and proceed to be happy and have a vision of the future. My favorite “new word” coined by Vishen Lakhiani is “BRULES”.
He believes and I agree, that we all live under too many BRULES (Bull Shit Rules). When we see these Brules in our lives, we should get rid of them immediately!
I don’t have to agree with a Brule to be politically correct, to be nice, to be cooperative or to be agreeable. And I don’t need to apologize for not following a Brule!
What is the point of this diatribe?
It is intended to help you step out of your comfort zone (yes, I know it is the phrase de jour) in EVERYTHING that you do!
Remember the infamous quote “I’m Mad As Hell, and I Am Not Going To Take it Anymore”? Try it on like a comfortable pair of slippers tomorrow morning and see if it makes your day a little brighter.
Steve, thanks so much for your thoughts and perspective! We all need to realize that we don’t have to play by the brules. Political Correctness is just a way to hide the truth, and in order to affect positive change you have to be able to look truth squarely in the eye. We will all be better at Escaping Our Culturescape thanks to your perspective!
Please take a moment to thank Steve for sharing his thoughts with us here at TheCivilVoice.com.
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