Saturday, February 10, 2007


One particularly interesting characteristic I found in humans is their need to understand their surroundings. We always try so desperately to find the general rule, to understand the reason and the purpose of things, and to understand other people. I believe this need is so urgent that each one of us is forced to create a bubble around him/herself. A bubble which, to that person, is the whole world and in which he/she understands everything. Naturally, as we grow and get exposed to a much higher diversity of people and ideas, our bubble grows with us, we understand more, whether through learning or experience.

Humans are, understandably, very protective of their bubbles. Once we believe in something, we don't tend to change it easily. However, what I can't understand is how can a person truly believe he/she has sufficient knowledge not to seek any more? How can one wrap him/herself with a bubble, seal it, and then judge people accordingly? Two of the biggest examples on this subject are: religious intolerance, and the generation gap. Needless to say, these two issues are the cause of many troubles that plague our world, and sadly, the ideology that leads to them is being passed on as valuable heritage from generation to the next, making it increasingly harder to break the circle....


Rania said...

We are protective of our bubbles. I like that... it's very true.
We want to delude ourselves into believing we understand everything, and the easiest way to do that is by locking ourselves inside our bubbles and labeling everything outside as strange, bad, evil, a must-avoid. We refuse to accept what's outside and take it in, because that would mean having to stretch, to adapt, to act, to make changes on the inside.

There's too much to know... it's just easier to limit yourself. The smaller the territory, the tighter one clings, and the stronger the delusion of control.