Einstein and Carlin Agree, All Things Are Relative

All things being relative can present quite a  problem for problem-solvers.

Einstein relativityYou might remember that the renowned physicist Albert Einstein sat on his couch dreaming up ways to mess with your head.  Finally, when nothing else would do, he proposed (with substantial evidence!) that light moved at a relative speed. That what you and I thought was the normal passing of time could seem shorter or longer, and be right.

Aside from all the implications of his famous theory E=mc^2, there is the personal implication that we may not always interpret things as they truly are, but rather as they appear to be to our individual or group perception.

George Carlin

George Carlin, undoubtedly a world-class comic, had his take on the subject.  He told the story of the average driver, YOU of course.  Why is it, he said, that when someone is driving slower than you on the road you relativity and drivingcall them an idiot for not getting out of your way and picking up the pace.  But, he continued, if someone is driving faster than you, you call them an idiot?

Again, it’s the law of relativity in action. Compared to you, who of course in your eyes is driving the perfect speed, there is no excuse for the other driver’s poor performance.

(I appreciated and revised this comparison slightly from the extraordinary book, The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross)

You have blind spots – relatively speaking

The 6D concept of decoding requires that you come face to face with the preconceived notions you bring to a problem.  Unless you are willing to decode the problem first and find out its true nature, solving it becomes exponentially more difficult.

Consider how we each react to time passing.  For some of us, we see time as a gift.  “Thank God for this time together,” grandma says as she gives you a welcome hug and invites you into her very warm and crowded studio suite apartment.  You may be thinking quite the opposite. “I don’t have time for this today, but what choice do I have.  How do I tell granny that time is a’ ticking”?  Both people are experiencing the same amount of time. One feels there is plenty, one feels there is never enough.

We bring our preconceived notions of events, people, circumstances, cultures, history, etc. to a situation. If we begin the problem-solving process, without first deciphering what is and what is not true, we add to rather than help solve the problem.

 

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