According to Albert Einstein, the world we live in is a product of our thoughts and if we want to change the world, we must change the way we think. But he doesn’t say how we can do that. Adam Robinson, whose ideas I’ve shared here before, develops this view further: “If you want to change someone’s thinking, you have two options: You need to either change the questions they ask or find more inspiring answers.”
It looks like we have a long way to go on either option because wars, threats, emotional blackmail, blaming, shaming and a variety of other daily dramas are still being used as methods of change. As long as one side wins and the other side loses, it won’t be possible to constructively change our thoughts. Wounds will get deeper, anger will increase, unhappiness will spread.
But let’s try to change the way we think. Because I think that when we look at the problems of the world, we begin to underestimate what we can do. Can we pay attention to the questions of someone we come across today? From the simplest to the most complex. Can we try to understand how they see the world?
Can we try to change the way someone thinks in a positive and constructive way? Not by blaming, intimidating, sharing the role of the victim or by teaching. But by being an intermediary for that person to ask different questions or offering an inspired answer. Maybe it’s not as easy as we think.
Maybe it’s not as difficult as we think.
Translated by Talya Arditi