You step outside your house. You walk a few feet, then you stop. Now, imagine there’s a camera, pointed at you. It zooms in on you, but then it tilts and moves up. All you can see is your head from above.
Then, the camera moves up. And up. And up. Soon, you can only see a tiny spot in front of your house. That’s you. But the camera keeps zooming out. And out. And out.
The rest of your street appears. Houses. Cars. People. Then your whole quarter, the entire suburb, and eventually the full town. The camera just keeps going. The next town appears. And the next. And the next.
Highways. Lakes. Mountains. Rivers. When it finally stops, you can’t see your house anymore. You can only guess where your town is. But what’s clearly visible is the shape of your country. It’s a big place, isn’t it? Lots and lots of people.
Now, imagine all of those people are you. Not like you. They are you.
What if every person in your entire country was an exact replica of you?
Look at that snapshot again. See the borders of your nation. Are they buzzing with excitement? Is it a grey, sluggish place? Do people honk at each other in traffic? Are they angry? Are they stressed? How do they treat each other?
We all have patterns, habits, features, traits. In our day-to-day lives, we can’t see them. We just act in the moment. But when we observe groups of people, the strongest traits are amplified. It’s easier to see which trait wins. So what if that group was just us?
Which traits would win? Take a moment. Think. And if you spot one you don’t like, know you can change it. But to do that, you have to zoom back in.
About Thought Experiment Thursday: Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Science estimates we have about 35 thoughts per minute. That’s a lot of chances to change our thinking. So on Thursdays, that’s what we’ll practice.
A question opens the mind. A statement closes it. Let’s keep ours wide open.
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