The conventional truth

People who know me better than from my public profiles on internet, know that one thing that occupies me most of the time, is over-thinking various questions and philosophies. I do not do this from a point of view of being knowledgeable about the subject I am over-thinking. I do not possess that much knowledge about most subjects that affect us in life. I do not possess knowledge about most subjects that do not affect us in life either. I am just thinking about subjects and forming an idea about them, forming my own philosophies and thereby creating my own truth about what is going on in the world.

You might think it is strange to admit that I do not know much, but in general, I believe that knowing just enough about what is generally accepted to be the truth, will help you to understand just a minor part about life, the universe and everything. In other words, by knowing a lot of generally accepted facts and figures you might not necessarily understand the world around you better, it will, however, help you in feeling more comfortable about living your daily life, about your work, about the conversations that you have with the people that surround you. It will give you a level of security that will help you to proceed.

Though I spend a lot of my time questioning the generally accepted facts and figures, the generally accepted truth, in daily life, I act upon that very same generally accepted reality that I question all the time. There is no easy road to walk in life here, it is just accepting that there is not one world that you live in, and for me, that is an acceptable way of life.

One of the things that I have been thinking about a lot lately is this very same subject: What is the use of questioning the generally accepted truth? Is it okay to use one of the variances of the generally accepted truth depending on what is convenient at that time? Will it help you to proceed in life more successfully if you settle for the generally accepted truth according to your social surroundings, the groups you belong to? Or will it hold you down? Is it better to create a new truth that works for your personal believes and logics? How logic is your logic? What is success?

There is not just one answer. That is for sure. There can never be one answer. There might be one answer that fits your current believes best, but there will always be a moment where your believes will be questions and of course there is always the option to ignore that moment, to ignore the insecurity, but for me, that does not cut it. So I think about it. I think about what reality to use, what reality to believe in and what reality to express towards others, and the small varieties within the different social groups that I belong to. (Do these groups really have such different characteristics?)

The other day I was doing some research on Deming in order to understand the PDCA-cycle better. I learned that Deming was a person that did not settle for the truth of others and when his social surroundings did not understand or did not want to listen to his ideas, he decided to change his social surroundings. By doing so, he created his own legacy. By now the man has got fans and there will be few people who are not familiar with at least one of his accomplishments or ideas, even though not everyone will know it was Deming who was the mastermind behind all of this.

There are more examples of leaders, of masterminds, of people who have given the world something to work with, who stepped out of the comforts of accepting the generally accepted truth and walk their own path in life, with their own ideas and their own inventions. Though, there are a lot of people who did the same and we will not remember these people as heroes of their time. We might mention them when we are looking for an example of a dictator, a lunatic, a sociopath. There is a thin line between being a genius and being a dangerous hazard or a lunatic. This is where ethics and values might be useful. But also, the truth. That truth which might not be is the one thing that is most important when it comes to creating something that is – in a positive way – useful and ethical and, well, will be a notable accomplishment for you as much as for others. (Then again, is that what you should aim for, or should you aim for being true to yourself?)

There is a certain amount of truth, that you need to create something new that eventually will turn out so useful that it will become a legacy for the rest of the world (like Deming’s PDCA or Job’s Apple), at least, that’s what I believe. I believe you need to accept some of the generally accepted truth in order to know what your playing ground is, in order to know what the foundation of your ideas will be. Eventually everyone has this truth programmed deep within, though, I do not believe that anyone is able to understand and know the complete foundations of their very own thoughts. This foundation, or, this personal truth that we believe in, is the base for the urge of improving something. And I feel that the urge to improve something, or the urge to answer a question according to a generally accepted truth, or a generally accepted method, combined with a certain amount of persistency, self-awareness and enough security will be the basis for an innovation or invention that has the potential to change (a part of) the world or become a legacy, or maybe both.

Then there is still that part of becoming known for your legacy or invention. I think that this is completely random. If media picks up on your ideas, if media is willing to talk about your ideas, if people relate to either the idea, the product, the invention or maybe just you, if people adapt their lives because of something you did or created, if people start to think about something you did or created, if… if… if… then you might become known, or well-known, or even famous maybe, for who you are and what you do. (But again: Is this really what you should aim for?) Theories about marketing and Public Relations will hand you tools to get known for who you are and what you do, and if your ideas are good, really good, and have potential to change the world, to make daily life better, more comfortable, easier, or to improve profits, or to make the world a better place, why not go for it? Why not let the world know about it? Well, maybe because you are just doing what you do, because that is who you are, because that is what you feel is the right thing to do, according to your personally accepted truth, or according to the generally accepted truth?

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