What Influences the Quality of my Life? (Part 2) #3
How do you test a law to see if it works?
As the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: “As for methods, there may be millions and more, but the principles are few. The man who understands the principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries the methods and ignores the principles is sure to run into problems. »
You may have learned something new and tested it to see if it works, and then you realized that it didn’t work for you. If it’s really a law, it works for everyone –laws are not like humans or animals who can discriminate. If what you have learned is really a law, then the question to ask is not “Does this law really work? ‘’ but rather, ‘’Am I applying this law appropriately to my situation?’’.
You have just attended a conference in which the speaker explained to you how selling solar panels made him financially rich (I specify financially, since not all wealth is necessarily financial). If you don’t understand that the principle is to sell customers what they need, you will go back to your country and order several solar panels in order to start selling too, forgetting that the people in your area already have electricity all the time, so they don’t really need a solar panel. This is what happens when you try methods without understanding the principles behind them. You’re going to have problems with your business, you won’t have any customer, and you’ll say that the principle doesn’t work, whereas it’s rather you who tried to copy a method, without understanding the principle behind it. If you had understood that the principle is to sell customers what they need, you would have inspected your surroundings instead, and you would have realized that these people have electricity, but they may lack a place to recreate. So, you’re going to create one, and be successful in your business.
If you learn a principle or law that works for other people, start by understanding it so that you can apply it appropriately to your situation, instead of just copying even the methods used by others and then complaining after that the principle doesn’t work.
Some people take their personal situations and make them into laws
It is true that there are people who take their personal situations and make laws out of them, when they are not.
Let’s say you’re married to an unfaithful man, and you start telling your daughters that no man is faithful on this earth, then they need to prepare themselves accordingly. Is that true? Of course, no. But still, some people experience common situations and draw hasty conclusions, as if their situation were universal.
The more you know about laws, the easier it will be for you to identify the laws that are really laws, and separate them from those that are just personal experiences that some people have had, and talk about them as if they were laws. Remember: a law applies to everyone, no matter who you are.
The power of a law
If a child jumps from the top of a 10-storey building, do you think he will fly and not be affected by the law of gravity just because he doesn’t know about it? If you go with your vehicle to a country where the law says that the steering wheels must be on the right, and yours is on the left, do you think you won’t be stopped, just because you didn’t know?
Not knowing the existence of a law is no excuse for not being affected by it. A law does not care whether we know it or not — whether we understand it or not. It impacts us, whether we like it or not. In this blog, you will learn several laws that you don’t know yet, but that still affect your life — and you will understand laws that you thought you knew, but don’t really understand because partial knowledge is still ignorance. If you know part of what it takes to get a rocket off the ground and you don’t know the rest, which astronaut is going to get on your rocket? Wouldn’t that be suicide? Partial knowledge is therefore still ignorance, because it will not allow you to achieve the desired goal either.
Partial knowledge is still ignorance
In the next story, we will talk about what motivates the actions of every human being. Although there are universal laws that govern the world, each culture seems to have its own code of ethics, deciding what is right or wrong to do. In the following story, we will therefore see where these codes of ethics come from, and the impact they have in the results we have in our lives, in relation to the different laws. We will see the consequences of living as if the laws do not exist, and much more.