On this page I introduce the topic of "Thinking Differently" and why I think its the most important aspect of any effort to live a better life or to make a difference to anything.
To really make a difference
The only part of the equation you can control is yourself.
To really make a difference to anything, and for that difference to stick, you need to start with the only part of the equation you have any real power over – yourself.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but by prioritizing your self and your own habits of thought and action, you hone the most important tool you have for working on whatever matters to you.
Your identity, ideology and worldview determine the thoughts you think, and in turn they determine how you experience the world, and how you are able to influence it.
By better understanding your own thinking, and by examining the kinds of thinking—collective and individual—that led to where we are today, you have a chance to see how you might change your thinking in ways that make it easier to make a difference.
"We won't succeed in solving the challenges we face by continuing with the same kinds of thinking that caused them.”
Thinking Differently on ARealGreenLife
"Thinking Differently" explores the ideology that gives rise to the kind of world we live in, and how we might change our thinking in ways that could help make a difference.
On other green living blogs you'll find lots of "what-to-do" and "how-to-do-it." These are very helpful, and I sometimes join the chorus in my Sustainable Living topic archive. (Available under the Blog tab in the top menu.)
But in my opinion, "what-to-do" and "how-to-do-it" become much more useful tools for real change if we couple them with "who-I-am" and "why-I'm-doing-it."
The better you know yourself and understand what influences your thinking and behavior, and the better you are at focusing your attention on what's important to you, the more effective you'll be.
This topic - Thinking Differently - is where I explore the ideology that gives rise to the kind of world we live in, who we think we are and how much power we think we have in the world, and how we might change our thinking in ways that could help make a difference.
Thinking Differently Archive
Thinking For Yourself is a brief introduction to some of the influences on your thinking that you may not be paying much conscious attention to.
Growing Up - For Adults follows on from "Thinking For Yourself," with a discussion about how taking responsibility for your own growth can be a powerful force for change, enabling you to literally grow out of consumerism and the existing "profit-at-any-cost" economical system, into something more wholesome and more sustainable.
An Illusion of Independence is a short post discussing our culture's obsession with independence and heroic individualism.
Getting Together relates to "An Illusion of Independence" and goes deeper into how and why we're stuck in a culture of separateness.
About Our Backgrounds, Expanding Awareness, and Re-examining Freedom are a Series of posts that describe how our own thinking first began to change, starting us off on our journey toward real and green.