Albert Einstein wrote “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them“. If we want transformation we need knowledge, new knowledge. Not any knowledge though! What education means is to select the best ideas to work with, and You and only you select them. Without being selctive you’ll be lost in all the ideas available to you. It’s almost impossible to escape from the influences around us today. Though we need to be open to new advice and ideas or we keep hitting against the same old problem over and over again.
Kill your ego
Ignorance can hold us back and transform us negatively. Thinking we know everything is the worst thing, then we close ourselves from all good advice. From Socratic times the wise say “I know that I know nothing”. So learn to detach yourself from egoism, learn that we are not all the same, we’re just different. Be open and look for positive transformations even in places where you least expect them.
The best tool you have available to you, to know how best to be selective, is investigation. In order for us to be able to select the right advice for us, we need to develop the trait of investigation. First we need to recognise our weakest points – where might influences come through for me? When we know our weakest points we can strengthen them. We do this by strengthening our consciousness around our weakest points so we don’t let influences through. Then we look for knowledge, we are open to learning new things, then we turn this learning into investigation and finally, when we’ve been selective and chosen the right ides for us to work with, we turn this into wisdom, our wisdom. Through wisdom we allow ourselves to choose better and solve our problems with new thinking and through positive transformation.
“Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by ledgends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought. This contemplative is our teacher, when you know for yourself that these qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness – then you should enter & remain in them.” – Kãlãma Sutta