Monday, February 03, 2014
Every Man is a Creature of the Age - Voltaire
Being a writer, having a degree in Marketing, and just naturally being a study of human nature, I completely agree with Voltaire about how every man is a creature of the age in which he lives. The way people communicate with each other is heavily successful when there are commonalities between them. While we may speak different languages, live in different cultures, observe different rituals, serve different gods, as long as we find common ground there is an opportunity for interchange, to learn from one another. What amazes me is the fact that this opportunity is often lost between us because the participants involved do not have their minds open to learn, only mimic, therefore translation is lost, and we get stuck in a social cycle. We become products of our time, representatives of the loudest voices. To me, it's like the world contracts the zombie disease - where no one thinks for themselves and everyone moves, acts, and responds like everyone else. While we may look different, we are the same.
But there are always those few who break away from the pact, who learn to think, think to learn, and forge a new path of enlightenment and can clearly communicate. They are free thinkers, who as Voltaire continues, "…and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time." These are the bridge builders, the ambassadors, and the dreamers. They often flow against the social norms, are discontented with popular culture, not as rebels, complainers and naysayers, but as visionaries.
Which are you? Are you a mimic of this age or a visionary who has risen above the ideas?
Till next time,