….what you read about in the papers or hear on the news. A nice summary!!
I have to admit I gave up reading the newspaper about 2 years ago. Einstein was pretty amazing. OK – he realised amazing things about such things as relativity but I also love how he approached life. I think my favourite Einstein quote which I will probably quote numerous times in my blog is:
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
And in the news its just the same thinking over and over and over again. Not much new. Not much positive. Just information which is often questionable as to its validity. Frequently no mention of all the things on the left hand side above which are severely impacting us – NOW. So we continue to create the same mess because our thinking doesn’t change.
Changing my life, doing the tree change thing, has encouraged me to try and follow some more of Einstein’s advice which relates to how we choose to think and what we choose to influence our thinking. I try to use different thinking so maybe I can change my little patch of the world and not create more of the same.
All the following are quotes from Einstien:
“Information is not knowledge.” [..and I feel the news only gives us information which is nicely pointed out above. The news rarely gives us knowledge as to how we can make a change. ]
“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” [This is why I have soooo much to learn on the farm because I have zip farming experience so zip farming knowledge!!]
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”. [I like this. I like this idea that what we do can spread out and embrace the entire world. We can learn from each other and teach each other. I need all the teachers and imagination I can get!!]
I also don’t feel that everything is doom and gloom. There is such an strong ground swell of people who are questioning the current story and looking for the “new” story – which seems to be a rehash of the stories written decades, even centuries ago – just with some technology throw in to speed the plot up a bit to keep us all interested and to connect us all more easily!!
People are looking to and ARE building communities again. I live in one of those communities. They say the bush communities are dying in Australia but Coolatai is flourishing. It has more life than some apartment blocks filled with people in the cities where there are no connections! (See my post on the Coolatai Tractor Pull).
I reckon its a good idea to “read” your mind and try to find your imagination rather than reading the newspapers. Your imagination is more creative and relevant to your environment that any government report or agronomist. The newspaper won’t tell you where things are changing on your land. But your eyes can see this and your imagination can tell you how to react constructively to this change.
There is so much great knowledge that is being shared on the net. We just have to find what we connect with and learn from those peoples’ experiences and knowledge that they share. I find reading blogs and web pages of people who ARE the change inspiring (and whom the newspapers rarely quote) such as Farming Secrets or Milkwood Permaculture. Mandy my neighbour here in Coolatai has just also written about things not being doomy and gloomy in the bush!! Read Mandy’s blog post here!!
So, I think I’ll stick to the left and change the way I’m thinking to create change!! What do you think?
(I found this list on Facebook – I’m not sure how to share this photo properly with credits yet so in my clumsy manner I have inserted this here with credit and copyright going to: Timeline Photos with The Unknown; But Not Hidden Community.)