Often, without knowing it, we are waiting for a new idea to come along and cut us free from our entanglement.*
Our crisis, if we can get through it, is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and constitutes an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis. It belongs, in the most acute and panicked way, to the search for self-knowledge.**
Alain de Botton
Pain and awe cover most of the ways new ideas get into us.
We do not have to wait for these to come to us, they can be a part of our daily openness.
We then need the means to get new ideas out of us.
John O’Donohue offers five Transcendentals: Being, the One, the True, the Good and the Beautiful. I offer them here in a larger quote to help our reflecting on where our ideas may be leading us:
Being is the deepest reality, the substance of our world and all things in it; the opposite would be Nothingness, the things that are not. The One claims that all things are somehow bound together in an all-embracing unity: despite all the differences in us, around us and between us, everything ultimately holds together as one; chaos does not have the final word. The True claims that reality is true and our experience is real and our actions endeavour to come into alignment with the truth. The Good suggests that in practising goodness we participate in the soul of the world. […] Beauty brings warmth, elegance and grandeur. Something in our souls longs deeply for that graciousness and delight.*
*From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
**Alain de Botton, from Maria Popova’s The Marginalian: Alain de Botton on the Myth of Normalcy and the Importance of Breakdowns.