"I'll call you" is the number one lie men tell, according to Dory Hollander PhD in her bestseller "101 Lies Men Tell Women." That's up there with that other number one lying moment - "Does my bum look big in this? Is there a correct answer? As couples, we lie to each other apparently 30% of the time. One of my friends was surprised it was that low. Lies permeate every aspect of our day, and to be frank, sometimes we're glad. Yet the lies we tell ourselves can have the most significant repercussions on how our lives turn out. I believe there is one grand lie that we tell ourselves, which sets up the ripples that flow through the rest of life. Let's Get into it...
In my last post, "Will Destiny Prove You, Hero?" I explored how we judge history and often look for simplistic ideas to solve its inherited problems. And more often than not, take a quick fix rather than the more difficult questions and solutions. I looked at how we forget that we too have flaws and fail to see how history will comment on us - if it comments at all. I also explored the substance of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous saying, "A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself." This week, as a bookend perhaps or a cousin of ideas, I will delve into the concept of "High Minded Lunacy" and its resultant impact on our macro and personal worlds, what may cause it and some ideas on avoidance. Something's to think about - Enjoy. Let’s get into it.
As we look back at our histories, our family trees, our cultural foundations, we build stories and narratives of those who bear significant responsibility for the foundations on which our lives and countries are constructed. They are not the whole truth and can never be so. Yet, we build them, highlighting our species' qualities that we either seek to encourage or negate in ourselves. But how do we know what to do with the past we don't like, or whose values are significantly different from our current time? Do we risk throwing out the baby and the bath water? Do we just tear down their memories? Let's get into it...
Through our life, we run across questions that seem to have no answers. They may be questions in our own lives or indeed problems in society that seem insolvable - so what do we do? Do we bury our heads? Do we leave it for someone else to find? Do we give up because it is all too hard? If we fail to seek answers to questions that don't have answers, we forget the people, the families we love and the countries we share. Perhaps the answers lie in what questions we ask? Maybe we need to examine some profound aspects of our foundations?
Who are we? Where do we come from? And what stories in our past might enlighten our own lives? What should we do for those who follow?
"Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand dollars per annum is what you should earn, at least at the start. We will pay for the setup, finance the business, it will be your show, but we will be the foundations if you need it. We want this set of clients, and you are one of the few people with the skill level we would trust to make this happen."
Who knew that sitting down to watch the nightly news on an autumn Saturday night in 1984 would change the world in six months.