we are never the same

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We are changing and we are changemakers.

Recent research has begun to show a short-term effect in our brains following reading an engaging novel: “We want to understand how stories get into your brain, and what they do to it,” shares neuroscientist George Berns.

Our brains have incredible plasticity, an ability to continually adapt well into adulthood – though there are resistances we must overcome as we grow older which aren’t necessarily there when we’re younger – such as, preferring the status quo?

Arguably, the greatest way we can be forever-changing is in interactions with people.  Adaptability to one another is a key ability for developing as a species and continues to be the case, as we creatively and innovatively find ways around sticking points.  This is a yellow world.*

Not only do we each change others, but we are changed by others.  

This is what it means to be Human: there is always in-bound change as well as out-bound change.

Just as there are three forces (trends, events, and choices) which shape the future (predictably, possibly, and preferably), there are three ways we can meet yellows – from amongst those we know already (unlikely, if we haven’t already met), from accidental meetings (though, we’ll need to be out and about far more than we typically are), or, we go in search of them (books, videos, experiences, following leads).**

Whilst there is a person we may call the essential self, the Human paradox is, this is not the same person we once were, we are always and ever becoming more our future self – in a future more and more connected.

(*Using Albert Espinosa‘s metaphor for “yellows” being people who change us, and, also, connecting this with Walker Percy‘s yellow house story, wherein people who wouldn’t normally meet accidentally do, creating “crossing points” of lives and worlds.)
(**Yesterday, I met with a few others for a library of the future experience.  These libraries bring together books and people and experiences and videos and more, and they solve problems, allow for creativity in making things – such libraries are yellow, too.)


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