You and I have been conned. What have we been conned out of? We have been conned into living out of a certain story about ourselves and the world. It is story that says there is right and wrong. It is a story that there is good and bad. It is a story that say the way that it is is the way that it is. And that we are small and powerless to influence-shape-change-transform the way that it is.
It is story that educates-programs us into believing that life is about figuring out how to survive. And get ahead. It is story that tells us that there are rules to follow. And secret recipes. That the way to be is to figure out the rules and follow them. To fit into the box that is society-world. And that the way to get ahead is to access the secret recipes and use them to rise to the top of the box. So that we can dominate rather than be dominated.
There really is no space for ease-beauty-love-acceptance-joy-creative expression. There is no space in this story for putting a “dent in the universe”. And if we should share our dreams of putting a dent in the universe we are shot down quickly and aggressively.
Yes, we are small. But only if we buy into the story that we are small. Yes, we are powerless but only if we buy into the story that we are powerless. Yes, our lives are about surviving-fixing-approval-getting ahead but only if we buy into the story that our lives are about surviving-fixing-approval-getting ahead.
From time to time people have turned up to remind us that we can choose to play BIG. That showing up in the world as small or BIG is a choice. A choice that we make – every instant, every day. And as such we can choose to change our choice. These people remind is that life is ALWAYS created. It is the way that it is because we create the way that it is. They remind us of a fundamental truth our world is created by us. It has not stood still. Why? Because some of us have not bought into the myth that we are small and powerless. And have acted to influence-shape the world. To make a dent in the universe.
I leave you with this revolutionary short talk by Steve Jobs. A person who set out to make a “dent in the universe” and did so.
Here is the transcript which I recommend memorising by heart. And living every day:
When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
And the minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.