By: Austin John Escobar
Ideas are constantly in motion. They’re shared between two or more people almost instantly through dialogue or even through the web. But, let’s ask ourselves: how come after they are shared the original idea from the giver given to the receiver changes over time? And how do we explain it and is there a better explanation of how idea-sharing can be understood as? The reason we tackle these questions about ideas is because they are important. Ideas shape everyone’s lives and the world. They affect our actions (a new idea can inspire us to help people), and they affect our thinking( a new idea can make us think in a new way). Beauty, morals, and standards are all derived from an idea. And these ideas come from our parents, peers and sometimes even from ourselves. To answer the questions we’ve posed we have to escape our literal-thinking to a more metaphorical-view of the explanations that follow. In other words think of the following explanation metaphorically. So I imagine myself and everyone around me to be carrying backpacks all the time (metaphorically speaking). And in everyone’s backpack are tools. The bag is the mind and the tools in the bag are ideas.
When two people meet and communicate, I visualize them sitting down and putting down their backpacks and laying out all their tools in front of each other.
Now let’s say person A is sharing with person B an idea, ( it could a new lesson in math, an understanding, or a lesson learned) when person A does that his idea is transferred to person B. Or metaphorically speaking person A’s tools have been replicated and taken up by person B. So person B has a replica of person A’s tool (idea). Now person B is free to wield and use the tool person A shared with him/her in anyway they want. These tools that we have in our backpacks we are able to use them to manipulate the world around us and how we interact with ourselves, each other and the earth. Now what makes the tool (idea) change overtime is how we manipulate it, mix it in with other tools and tie it into our current morals and beliefs. That’s how some of our ideas change for either the better or the worse. So it’s not necessarily only the idea itself that affects us and who we are but, also how we interact with it. For example, you can come across a radical idea that promotes visceral behavior but, it’s up to you whether or not to act with it or not use it at all. Same goes for an idea that promotes well-being and goodness, you have to act on it to affect you — or else nothing will happen at all, it’ll just be dormant in our minds.
But, also, remember that these tools (ideas) are not necessarily part of us and are constant because they can change dramatically as we interact with each other. Given the backpack (as the mind) and the exchange of tool (ideas) as a metaphorical explanation of how ideas are shared and changed can help us understand why other people have different views, I mean heck we all have different ideas in our minds. And if we really want to impact each other’s lives we must be willing to zip open our backpacks and willingly share and understand each other’s tools.
About the Author:
Austin is a current Torch & Laurel Scholar, and a senior in Dublin High. He loves to write and challenge himself to fully explain, uncover the truth and tackle curious topics. He also aspires to be a neuroscientist with a love to help people and share stories.