First Principles – “the fundamental concepts or assumptions on which a theory, system, or method is based.”
The man on the cliff is staring at the sun while challenging the fundamental fear of falling that we all share.
Do you see the awe in this picture, or do you honestly see the fear of the fall?
If I’m honest I see AND feel both and I stand in the tension between them.
Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX uses “first principles” when he tackles each of his endeavors as an architect for change. With an open mind for change he goes back to the root of things without fear. And he looks there for new options. And he often comes back with dramatic results.
What is the ultimate root of things for you, awe or fear? Engagement or withdrawal?
First Principles are interesting to consider. So are First Causes, but that’s another post.
If you have, you know it, and it remains as though a small part of eternity had pierced the normalcy of life and changed the way you see this world.
Who’s your buddy? You have one, don’t you? If you don’t you should get one.
But make sure to pick a good reliable one like this one in the picture.
One that will be there through thick and thin, who won’t judge you or desert you when the going gets rough (or, in this case, gets soiled 🙂 )
Someone you can grow with, who’ll get old with you and will stay with you on the journey no matter what.
Someone who’s looking the same direction you are!
“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” — Walt Whitman
On the Roses in the Alley website it states: Join us in discovering Truth and Beauty in these strange and difficult times.
Words, pictures, music, people…beauty is all around us. That’s the easy part; you just have to be alive, be aware, look and share. You can’t do that with truth, however.
The kind of truth this great humanist is referring to can only be found by looking inward. Better yet, by listening inward. No one else can truly allow our souls to be satisfied; its up to us.
Whether our truth is to be a great artist, teacher, healer, scientist, or parent, at the end of the day we are the only ones that know. And even though life got in the way, we made the world a better place. Not always an easy thing, but it’s very satisfying.
This quest for truth is very personal, but it’s a beautiful thing to do together. So thanks for joining us!!