“Ordinary life rewards a practical, un-introspective outlook. There’s too little time and too much fear for anything else” – de Botton
The Un-Introspective Outlook
That statement rings true in this day and age. With so much that is going on in this world, little (or hardly any) time is given to Introspection. Information gets rapidly transferred from one point to another that the noise outside blocks out the call for help from the inside. We get pushed around so easily by the swift changing of trends and problems that we fail to listen to our own Self and identify any problems brought forth by it. This puts us in a wasteful position as one of our greatest faculty is being neglected and taken for granted.
Introspection cleans your worldview lens
As time spent on introspection shortens, the dirtier our worldview lenses become thus affecting our judgements. If what you are is rotten, all you are ever going to see are carcases. With a clearer lens to view the world, many issues could be averted and a lot more appreciation could be distributed amongst the people in our societies. Constant introspection brings forth critical existentialist questions which provide a framework to view and analyse our shared human experience. It will come to mind that humanity is imperfect, idiosyncratic and with a greater understanding of this fact of the human experience, it can lead to a greater consensus to what is tolerable and what is not.
During introspection, seven (7) themes are important to be explored in order to achieve a greater understanding of the Self and subsequently, Others. These themes form the core of the introspection process and will be further explored in its respective posts.
7 Core Themes
- Reasons for Striving
- The State of Impermanence
- Duty (Sense of Purpose)
- Extent of Personal Control