BREAKING THE MYTH - Why You Must Read This Earth Article...
By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
Many years ago if you asked someone to describe the earth they would have told you that it was flat. Everything around them told them this was true and all the evidence pointed to the same thing. They would also have told you the earth was the centre of the universe and everything revolved around it.
Nowadays it seems silly to even contemplate this as we know how false it is, but isn’t this exactly how we live our lives? When we have an argument, how often do we firmly believe we are right? When we see a situation we don’t like, how often do we jump to conclusions about what’s going on, and when we find out the truth, sometimes don't we realise we have seen a situation completely the wrong way?
Imagine for a moment that you could show this video of the earth and it's movement through space to someone born around 300 years BC, before the concept of a round earth was even suggested. What do you think their reaction would be?!
Our Perceptions Can Be Flawed
So if our perceptions can be so flawed about the earth, what else can they be flawed about? True legends know this and are constantly examining the way they perceive things. They seem to have the ability to predict what is going to happen and then be in ‘the right place at the right time’ to capitalise on it.
They are always asking questions, and through that they are always finding out more about their world (take Richard Branson speaking about looking back at the earth for example). This takes effort. It takes work to ask questions and be open to other points of view, but it is absolutely vital to make a success of anything in life. How can we succeed in anything if there is a chance we may be seeing situations and people in a completely different way to how they actually are?
Questioning the way we see and perceive things is a fundamental trait of achieving anything worthwhile and it can start simply by asking ourselves...am I seeing this situation the right way?
Has this example helped you see that what we sometimes firmly believe is true, may not always be the case?
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