When we make a choice, we make it to the best of our ability at the time – given our experience, our resources, our background, hopes, fears and values.
I’ve always been in love with the idea of parallel universes. That for every choice made in this universe, there is a choice being made in another universe that somehow manages to take my current ability, experience and resources and come up with a different result.
When I was little, I asked Santa for a Parallel Universe Kaleidoscope that would allow me to see into every universe all at once. It never arrived and my best friend laughed (rudely) telling me that kaleidoscopes just show the same thing reflected over and over. Of course I kicked myself and realised that what I should have asked for was a Parallel Universe Funnel.
Our multi-dimensional world
People come with curiosity built in as standard. There are a couple of occassions when I’ve seen children not show curiosity openly – one is when they are suffering from a mental or emotional problem and the other is when the parent, guardian or another child has stumped on the curiosity through long-term abuse, neglect or bullying.
Apart from these instances, if we grow up not having much curiosity about things, then it’s because we’ve allowed ourselves to become funnelled into a certain mind-set. You know when this has happened because you just don’t have the inclination or energy to look at things from different viewpoints.
Generally, people who read self-improvement blogs like this one, have TONS of curiosity. Even if you don’t really know what to do about the situation you are in, you appreciate the multi-dimensional nature of the world we live in. And you know there is more to things than meets the eye.
Our multi-dimensional world gives us:
- 3D representation of the space around us that we navigate using our 5 senses.
- Mental teleportation that whisks us to the past or the future without much effort.
- Mentalist capabilities to influence others simply by projecting the appropriate blend of love and friendship. Or jealousy, fear and anger.
- Cognitive and processing abilities capable of taking fundamental resources from the planet and interpretations of events and creating things that do not exist in nature.
Our world is multi-dimensional and our curiosity makes us ingenious.
Choices put us into a funnel
Despite all this enormous potential and our sizzling curiosity, there’s always a funnel effect going on. because everything we think or do has consequences that sit on a timeline influencing what happens afterwards.
When plastic was invented in 1862, it was exciting and radical and everyone couldn’t wait to hop into this funnel. This funnel put us on a conveyor belt and we travelled through picking up the things that define our modern day culture and lifestyle – things like celluloid movie film, PVC, polystyrene, packaging, silly putty and velcro.
If plastic had not been invented, it’s hard to say what funnel we would have dripped into. Would we have found another way to make movies? Would it have been better or worse for the environment?
Watch this video to see what this particular conveyor belt we chose has done to Kamilo Beach in Hawaii. The beach is full of plastic drifting in from around the world and breaking-down into smaller and smaller fragments the size of sand granules, making it impossible to remove.
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The lethargy of the masses
When masses of people take to an idea (or funnel), the conveyor belt becomes increasingly established and soon appears to be a vital part of living.
Individuals can jump off but it’s hard for everyone to do so.
Essentially, human nature stops us all jumping off as a collective. We want to conform and if most people and most lifestyle-enhancing products are made of plastic, we’ll continue taking part. When enough people stop, then we’ll reconsider our options because by the time this happens, viable alternatives are being introduced and we have something else to conform to.
When masses of people are involved, turning the conveyor belt in a different direction is hard because of two main reasons:
- Curiosity inspires change. But curiosity is an individual undertaking. It’s hard to sing a different tune when everyone around you is drowning you out with another song.
- Powerful forces are supporting the conveyor belt from different angles such as:
- Health & Safety laws keep up the demand for things like safety helmets
- Manufacturers choose plastic because it’s durable, cheap and profitable
- Commercialism puts profit before logic. I’ve seen plastic spring water bottles labelled “Do not re-fill this bottle”
- Busy People need the convenience and low-maintenance of disposable items
- Technological Advancement has seduced us and creates rapid obsoletion of products we re-purchase in their new guise
We never know where the choices we make will lead us. The answer is NOT to stop making choices – but to be aware that when a choice is hurting, it’s okay to invest time, energy and yes, even money when appropriate, in finding another way.
The personal funnels of your world
Making the leap from one universe into another is much easier when doing it on a personal level. You’re not dealing with everyone else’s agenda or waiting for them to do something first so that you can conform.
The only person you are accountable to is yourself.
Every hurt you’ve experienced, each addiction that repels you at the same it draws you, the bad decisions, the low self-esteem, the lost loves, the grief, fears and the knocks… they’re things collected on the conveyer belt of a funnel you dripped into.
Changing universes is possible. Even the masses are doing it with environmental concerns and recycling. It’s going to take time because a big machine is slower than a small one.
You’re a small machine and nimbler than you think. Skipping across universes is what the curious were born to do.
If you could look at the situations in your life through a Parrallel Universe Funnel and saw the beautiful, inner beaches of your mind were polluted on your current trajectory but they were fresh and clean in another, would you change the conveyor belt you are on?