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Ian O'Byrne

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. - Ursula Le Guin In TL;DR - subscribe at wiobyrne.com/tldr/ #change

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Ian O'Byrne

There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question. - Carl Sagan In TL;DR - Subscribe at wiobyrne.com/tldr/ #naivete

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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. - Viktor E. Frankl In issue of my newsletter. Subscribe at http://wiobyrne.com/tldr/ #life

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You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm. - Sam Harris In issue of the TL;DR Newsletter. Subscribe at http://wiobyrne.com/tldr/ #power

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Ian O'Byrne

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. - Kofi Annan

Ian O'Byrne

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. - Muhammad Ali

Ian O'Byrne

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. - Aristotle

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In consideration of our present levels of awareness, we often have difficulty idenifying and becoming aware of these perspectives. Furthermore, it serves as an impediment and blocks us from making advancements in our own lives.

There are several reasons why we find this to be difficult.

  • What we picture or imagine about the world is based on our beliefs and perceptions about truth. This version of truth may be faulty or distorted, but our minds control our actions and reactions informed by this perception of truth.
  • It is easier to give reasons for not changing, or vouch for what it is not possible to change, as opposed to making the change. Making the change is harder than simply making excuses.
  • In our daily interactions and decisions, we seek out experiences that support our values systems and perceptions of truth. We ignore, reject, or forcibly avoid beliefs, perceptions, or behaviors that are inconsistent with our narratives of the world.
  • We have built and programmed our minds and bodily systems to respond on ways that react and reify to the truth and perspectives we've developed. We have conditioned ourselves to feel, act, and react to the narratives that we've established for ourselves.

Through conditioning of our mind and body, and as informed by sociocultural perspectives, we've created these narratives that we cannot break out of. Many of us cannot recognize or identify the narrative in the first place. For those of us that do recognize the narrative and try to problematize it, this process seems unhealthy and harmful to our very being.