ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
BUT THIS LITTLE DIDDY MIGHT NOT HELP YOU
A simplified statement of truth presented in a catchy poem is subject to gross misinterpretations; the listener easily customizes the truth to fit a pre-established belief system. A truth loses its effectiveness when not received with skepticism. I still love quotes. They are easily recalled for motivation. Yet if our philosophy of life is solely constructed from a collection of miscellaneous quotes, we become susceptible to misinterpretations and remain blind to inherent biases.
Francis Bacon proclaimed, “Fame is like a river that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.”
I apply Bacon’s thoughts to processing information. Simple thoughts are easily manipulated; but human behavior is complex—seldom is a consequence always the result of a certain behavior. We must examine a consequence as result of a whole host of known—and unknown—factors. Because the lack of exactness of known causes, we simply manipulate known evidence to fit personal needs. Real choice and real actions effect our lives. When we can’t integrate a truth into tangible choices, we remain unchanged and subject to reoccurring pains.
A saying may be dandy but if it’s vague about concrete actions we need to change, we conveniently use the wisdom to personal detriment. A quote—no matter how great---can influence intellectualism to disguise bias and the skirting of the real work needed for change.
We blindly sing our little diddy and dupe ourselves into a false security. Simplified philosophies of life—although soothing to our mind—do little to create a promising future. If we constantly confront the same demons, skeptically look deeper into the patterns of behavior; real tangible behaviors. Often the hidden motivations are buried so deep we need assistance to expose them for examination.
We don’t need another sugar pill to cure definable ills; we don’t need a rhyme to give life meaning. The complexity of life needs more than a rhyme. Discovering riches comes to those who dig a little deeper. The weighty and solid aspects are brought to the surface of understanding. The weightier matters provide allowance for the unknown. Unknowns—although anxiety provoking—encourage curiosity. By embracing complexity, we don’t see ourselves as victims to circumstance but as a piece of a much larger evolving universe.
Courageously dig a little deeper. Some insights require change, other discoveries invite peace and healing. True growth rewards those who seek more than a warm-feeling rhyme to guide their lives.