Friday, 2 December 2016

Point Of View

The theme of the last month or so has been changing my focus. It's so easy to get into a routine where everything I read, hear or do just serves to reinforce what I already think so I've been making changes and it's been fantastic. 

I've changed the way I consume news and it has been a breath of fresh air, it's given me a new perspective on things and changed my focus, it makes the world seem depressing/inspiring in a whole new way!

It was brought home to me again when we went to the talk at Edge Hill University the other evening, so many of the questions from academics came from a very narrow perspective and the speaker said a number of times that it was important to get out of our echo chamber and see how other people see things. He used Brexit as a great example, how many people do you hear saying they didn't know anyone who would vote to leave, but here we are? We have a view of the world but it doesn't mean it's true*. I agree with him, often when you speak with someone from inside something, in this case the arts, it's impossible for them to imagine life without the influence of that thing, it's so fundamental. 

When I was interested in art college I wouldn't have been able to go were it not for one of my teachers giving me the money to get to the interviews, or buy my portfolio and most of my supplies - not that my parents didn't care but it just wasn't something we could spend that huge amount of money on. When you've moved past that point it's hard to remember those basic things, when the belief system you move into is that anything is possible as long as you can imagine it to be so. It's hard to bridge the gap between aspiration and practicality sometimes (has anyone ever been on a diet?).

Darren Henley said that if we don't think differently then we won't innovate, sounds so obvious but it's easy to stay in a routine that works, and to fool ourselves into thinking we're making changes when they're really just the same thing in a very slightly different package. So whether it's a risk, break, change, holiday, fresh start, sea change, or just asking what's the point of this? looking at things in a different way can be amazing. 


*I'm a nihilist so I don't really think anything is true, but you know what I mean. 

8 comments:

  1. Interesting to ponder on. My parents didn't hold us back form our dreams, but everything needed to be practical, which inherently made some things seem impossible. I feel like I am constantly looking to shake things up but then get in ruts all over. Perhaps I need to stop shaking and move on to different trees altogether.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you're right, sometimes what we think is change isn't change at all. It is a leap to move to a different tree but that's what makes things different. Not that it needs to be a huge thing for it to make a big difference.

      Delete
  2. Looking outside the box, or at something in a different way is not a concept I am very good at. Perhaps asking the question you pose at the end of your post would be a good beginning for me.

    God bless.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it's so easy to get bogged down in things we can forget the very basics, so simply asking "what is the reason for this?" can strip back some of the things we've added on to a simple situation.

      Delete
  3. I was chatting to an friend in America via Skype about this very subject last week.
    We were both upset about Trump and Brexit and neither of us saw it coming. We've put it down to both of us working from home and not sharing a work space with people with an opposing viewpoint. We both read left wing newspapers and tend only to interact with friends and social media acquaintances with similar leftist leanings.
    No wonder we were surprised by both outcomes, we only hear what we want to, we've created a vacuum of like-minded types. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's exactly it. We still think we're having reasoned discussion, but it's not balanced because we already agree with the people we're talking to.

      Having said that, I am the lone lefty at the charity shop, some of our conversations are hair raising!

      Delete
  4. I really would be interested in your changes to consuming news, I am finding it all doom and gloom of late so would relish a different perspective.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have reduced the amount of news I consume in general, so no rolling news tv and no radio where the same stories are discussed every 20 minutes and it's all about getting public reaction rather than considered opinion.

      We've switched back to Radio 4 for radio listening, the reason we stopped that years ago is that I was always lulled back to sleep so it wasn't good as an alarm!

      For general news we now watch Euronews in the morning before Dan goes to work - I have learned about lots of things I wouldn't have known about otherwise, my new favourite topic is the Italian referendum! In the evening we will watch the local news and Channel 4 news. In the kitchen I now tend to listen to podcasts while I'm cooking which is also good as we've been saying for ages we'd like to listen to more of them but never have the time.

      I'm finding it to be a good balance of knowing what's going on in the world (not just the UK and US) and having a break from the relentless pointlessness of things in the world.

      Delete