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On Patterns

Our vision of the world is built upon the patterns that we have either been taught to see in it or have learned to see on our own, whether or not those patterns actually exist beyond our perception. The more we sink ourselves into the depths of our mental patterns that we project onto the external world, the harder it will be for us to see the world beyond those patterns.

There are no patterns in the world beyond the mind; only temporary order that is built upon the foundation of chaos and anarchy. Our world itself is a product of this principle.

What we see in the external world are the illusionary patterns that we have been taught to see in the world in order to get along with it. The laws of driving, the meaning of words, the authority of norms—none of these things are really there in the world; they are in our minds. And within our minds, we plan our functioning in a world that is largely built upon these illusions—the illusions of societal conventions and paradigms.

This is why something that is surprisingly innovative may at first be seen as either weird or psychotic, because that thing does not correlate with the conventions and paradigms that we have learned to see as the world itself.

Hence why it is hard to unlearn things after a long time we have been “programmed” to see the world through their colored vision, because not only do we learn to see them as the world, but we also attach our identity and our sense of order along with it.

And it cannot be, allegedly, that what we have been taught for most of our lives, if not our entire lives, is false, because if it is then much of what we believe we are is false as well. This is what makes the religious unprepared should they be told of a possible truth that contradicts what they have been loyally taught throughout their lives—it cannot be true, the religious mind believes, because it cannot be that the theory I have been taught about the ways of the world is false. Hence why it may be more difficult for the religious to keep an open mind and, let alone, be prepared to abandon beliefs that have been proved incorrect.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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