“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world” – Arthur Schopenhauer.
For me the question here is about how we connect with the world, the one we perhaps feel comfortable in through our daily presence there and the world outside, beyond the so-called comfort zone where learning often lies.
Thinking merely in terms of what we know is good and the unknown bad, can condition our reaction towards new experiences, places and people. Meeting every moment with an open mind on the other hand permits us to live each instance without the distraction of preconceived ideas, prejudices or fears – although intuition about personal safety rarely lets us down.
Another aspect of stepping out into the world outside may concern the sensation of ‘not being good enough’. Having constructed a world around ourselves through our choices to date, moving beyond that existence can cause tension and doubts to surface.
The level of comfort we believe we have in our world might be traced back to the idea of being in control. Yet, as Erich Fromm put it: “There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.” We oftentimes need that freedom in order to be able to succeed.
Reaching out takes courage but the rewards for such a brave action invariably exceed the discomfort experienced when contemplating the world outside from within the comfort zone.
Thanks for connecting here today. Please, as ever, feel free to leave your input below if you wish.