It’s been a long time since I last posted. In that time I’ve had plenty of ideas… some have been great (in my own opinion), some have been horrendous, some have been stupid, but I’m not sure if any have been dangerous.
Why are some ideas dangerous, and others don’t seem to have the same impact? Why is it important to be aware of our own ideas and how we think? I would like to suggest that it’s because ideas carry power and if we don’t understand how we think then we’re walking around with our fingers on the button to a silo of nuclear warheads. This problem has been exacerbated by the recent introduction of social media.
It’s important to exercise our brain and to dance around ideas, concepts, and possibilities, but it is also good to be aware that not everyone agrees with us.
Perhaps the prime reason that ideas are dangerous though has to do with the fact that ideas spark revolutions, ideas ignite controversy, ideas exude the very nature of power if used in a particular way. Some would consider power to the very reason for their existence and if they control an array of unique ideas then they hold a huge majority of power. If ideas were not dangerous, then why did dictators stifle free press in their own nations? If ideas didn’t hold power, then why is it that an argument online often devolves into a shouting match of the same idea?
The thing that perhaps frustrates me the most is the usage of the same argument to convey an idea. If you want your idea to be powerful, unique, and dangerous then go to the extent of finding out everything you can so you are better able to understand the many facets and perspectives that stem from your idea. This is one of the most difficult things to do as we all hold certain beliefs and ideas that are dear to our own identity:
“Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.”
Let’s use our ideas to understand who we are. Let’s use our ideas to understand who we’re trying to talk to. If we can do this then our ideas are no less dangerous, but they do have more grounding. If we can do this then we are hopefully creating an atmosphere where more ideas can grow, but where positive change can begin. This is another way to change our generation.