Why are things the way they are?

I believe that in order to change we must begin with one very simple, yet very powerful question.


This question unlocks more than it may first seem when examined more on a deeper more philosophical level. This question is the key which opens doors beyond the problems we try to solve every day and allows us to transcend to higher levels in understanding and awareness in every area of our lives.


Where do all great breakthroughs come from?


Challenging what is currently believed and accepted by the masses.


This explains why the Catholic Church sentenced one of the greatest astronomers of all time, Galileo Galilei, to life under house arrest. He simply put forth an idea that potentially the Earth was not the centre of the universe, much to the Church’s disbelief. It explains why so many traditional companies have been trampled by the wave of informational and accessibility that came with the adoption of the internet. They simply didn’t believe it would make a ripple whilst others were challenging this belief which ultimately overcame what was believed before.


The question I posed to your earlier, why are things the way they are? is one which can sometimes be looked down upon, an interrogation of the present and the authority who made it that way. I see it as an opportunity for learning and development. If we understand why things are the way they are then we can better understand the process required to make them better, improve upon what was thought to be perfect and change the world for the better because boy oh boy we’re not perfect.


Everyone is in the business of change and it is now a prerequisite that if we want to be able to remain relevant and on top of the game, change has to be a language we all speak.


We have never existed in a period of time which has experienced so much change. Think about what the world was like even ten years ago. Mobile phones weighed half a kilogram, Netflix had only just launched online streaming (imagine how long that buffering would’ve taken), and the top hit on the charts was ‘I Got A Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas.


Think of the change and innovation that has occurred since then, we now have the first prototypes for self-driving cars literally driving around Los Angeles, drones delivering pizzas is a thing and the latest Avengers film featured a scene with Spider-Man catching the Infinity Gauntlet whilst riding a pegasus battling Thanos. We’ve truly come a long way.


That is all thanks to those who question, why things are the way they are.


So, I encourage you to go out and question why. Go out and understand the present and how we got here then take that knowledge and combine it with creative thinking and your innovative brain juices to go and make the world that we now know to be the best it’s ever been…and make it better.

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