As children we are free of any preconceived notions. Out thoughts and opinions are untrammeled by any fixed ideas. As we grow older we add a lot of baggage to ourselves and form ideas, judgments and opinions about people, places and things. In fact our lives happen in reverse. We are born into this world as beautiful as a butterfly. However we slowly age inside a cocoon of preconceived notions, opinions and biases.
Whenever we are witness to any action or words from any individuals we quickly pigeon-hole it based on our existing judgment on the individual or thing. The mind seeks to confirm its biases. The problem is we are lulled into believing what our initial reactions are. To break out of this trap we need to start questioning everything that we come across in our daily lives. We have to be critical in the way we think and have to exercise our reason. We need to avoid lazy thinking where we abandon reason and quickly jump to conclusions based on our past understanding of things or opinions of others.
Most of us, are by default are lazy and don’t like to put the mental effort to reason.We just find it easier to bring forth preconceived notions and assumptions. Most of the time we don’t even realize that our reactions are based on past judgments and may no longer be valid.Given a choice of conscious deliberate thought versus taking recourse to existing prejudices or assumptions, it is the latter that usually succeeds. Firstly it is less effort and secondly the images we hold within us are pretty strong and definitely can withstand any superficial level of questioning.
However one should take the effort to shatter any existing ideas, notions or assumptions and consciously deliberate on what is the right path to action. All our decisions should be able to withstand our own questioning and should not be just based on our initial reaction. We have to learn to throw away our colored glasses and see the world for what it truly is.