📌 The Optimist believes in the best for the future. Therefore their mind tends to focus on hope and faith.
📌 The Pessimist believes in the worst for the future. Therefore their mind tends to focus on what’s wrong with the world.
📌 The Realist believes in seeing things as they are, not better or worse. Therefore their mind tends to focus on the facts, not the stories about the facts.
📌 The Cynic believes in the selfishness of others. Therefore their mind tends to focus on distrusting other people’s “good” intentions, regardless of the truth.
What do all these categories have in common? They are all ways of looking at life. I’m not saying which is more “right” or “wrong”; they just are ways of seeing the world. And each outlook will produce a different experience of living. 🙌
🌟 Our outlook constantly colors and shapes how we perceive life. 🌟
Take an example of people who get in a car accident.
📌 The Optimist hopes the people in the accident are all okay.
📌 The Pessimist expects most, if not every person in the accident has died.
📌 The Realist measures the probability that each people in the accident will live or die.
📌 The Cynic assumes the people in the accident were intentionally careless or, perhaps, intentionally caused it to collect insurance money.
🌟 We don’t see life as it is. We see life as a reflection of our worldviews. 🌟
Carl Jung talked about how ideas can possess people, rather than people possessing ideas. And when a worldview possesses a person, the person is no longer in control. The worldview itself speaks through the person. 🗣️
Having beliefs and worldviews aren’t intrinsically bad. We all have them and need them to function. It’s when we lose our self-control at the expense of our beliefs and worldviews when they become a problem. 👍
So how can we check if our beliefs and worldviews possess us?
📍 Acknowledge most of our beliefs are not even our own. We’ve picked them up over time, had them conditioned into us by our environments, and embraced these subjective truths as our own.
📍 Challenge our beliefs. Question how they could in fact be wrong. Dare our egos to poke holes in them, as much as our egos don’t want to. Question our ego’s need to hold onto them.
📍 Seek other points of view that challenge our beliefs. It doesn’t mean you have to agree or support them. You can empathize with opposing beliefs and viewpoints and still disagree with them.