One of the most troubling experiments from psychology is the Asch experiment.
They put a guy in a room, and showed him two images.
One was a single vertical line.
The other had several vertical lines.
The task was to choose which of the several vertical lines was the same length as the single vertical line.
Easy peasy, right?
It was, when he was alone.
But then they put him in a room with a bunch of other people.
And the other people PURPOSELY chose the WRONG line.
And the test subject also chose the wrong line.
Alone, choosing the right answer is easy.
But when humans are surrounded by people who are choosing the wrong answer, choosing the right answer is VERY DIFFICULT.
In over 70% of the tests, the test subject KNEW the right answer, but because of social pressure, they chose the WRONG answer.
One of the reasons we humans behave like this is we never learn HOW to think.
We only learn WHAT to think.
Or more accurately, are TOLD what to think.
And when we think what we are told correctly, we get rewarded.
When we think we what are told incorrectly, we are punished.
This is more or less how modern society runs its school systems.
Is it any wonder that by the time we are finished with school, we’ve LOST most of our creativity, and originality?
Luckily, the brain is like a muscle.
(They’ll never tell you this in school, quite the opposite).
You can easily PRACTICE the way you think and strength of how you think.
This will make you much more resistant to the goofy ideas of others.
Goofy ideas that they likely accepted unquestionably from somebody else.
(and those from somebody else, etc…)
Want to know precisely WHY Einstein was such a genius?
Because he THOUGHT differently.
He IMAGINED differently.
He wasn’t even that good a math.
When it came time to mathematically explore his ORIGINAL ideas, he had to OUTSOURCE the math to his buddy.
That capacity of thinking differently, of imagining differently exists within you.
You’ve just got to find it and exercise it.
Once you think differently, (about whatever you want) you can live differently.
HOWEVER you want.