Ideas: Shapeshifting the World

“In order to bring about change, it’s best understanding what you’re bringing change to.”

Everything we believe to be ‘normal’ today is as a result of a widespread acceptance. The world is a history of ideas and those which we subscribe to form the basis of our logic and reasoning. These ideas also serve to create houses, markets, systems, buildings etc. What’s most important to note is the fact these ideas are initially developed by individuals before being implemented upon. Once widely accepted, they become ‘the norm’. In a sense, they come to be accepted as the order of things and with the passing of time and increase in relevancy, they become as though the natural order of things.

Due to their prominence in our world, being stitched into our lives, people fail to question these ideas and structures that they’re governed by. These structures seem as though the way its always been and the way they’ll always be. However, this is quite far from the reality of things, they’re limited perspective fails to account for the fact that these systems and structures are simply the offshoot of another individual’s ideas which have been implemented upon, developed and inherited as though God’s law. 

This isn’t to say that previous ideas are fickle, false or fallible, it’s to account for the nature, or lack thereof, of innovative artists and intellectuals today. Ideas are to be developed through time; their to be worked upon and saved from the obsolescent constancy which deprives the innovative mind. The world is dynamic and ideas (even those we hold sacred) must be updated, challenged and changed. If not, we cease to progress and the functions of society become antiquated and increasingly mundane.

Ideas also reflect cultural viewpoints. They’re spurned from the dominant cultural ideologies at a certain point in history. This implies that they’re based on our understanding of the world at a certain point in time (i.e. a global map would have been impossible to fathom when the world was believed to be a flat structure). People generate ideas which subscribe to or substantiate a viewpoint or perception of the world. If it’s our shared perception that governs our universe, then it’s our task to constantly strive towards its innovation via exploration, perfection and idealism. Hence the powers of wonder, imagination and intellectual curiosity.