Week 4- Stupid
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein
Einstein was arguably one of the most brilliant minds to ever grace the earth and yet, he always felt stupid. He just didn’t call it stupid. He was always trying to solve a problem. To think in a new way. To innovate. And in order to do so, he had to sit in a state of NOT KNOWING much more frequently than a state of KNOWING. He called this state SOLVING...we like to label ourselves in this state STUPID.
How often when we are in the middle of a question or in the trenches of the journey we label ourselves a failure, or not enough or stupid for not being further along or knowing better. How often do we shame the necessity of our process thus pausing or stalling it all the more?
Seth Godin says “stupid is the emotion associated with learning.” It is NECESSARY.
The only ways to avoid it are:
1. Avoid change 2. Avoid freedom
Neither seem that appealing if we are here to live the life of an artist.
We are here to CREATE and NOTHING gets created from the space of protection or avoiding change or freedom. Change, growth, freedom and curiosity are our material for creation. How can we be without them?
Seth suggests an obvious equation that if we lovingly embraced could change our experience of ourselves and our path:
CHANGE leads to STUPID which leads to FEAR
When we get that this is just the game we are playing and these states are NATURAL as we move to a greater state of being, we stop resisting them or feeling wrong.
When we begin to feel stupid, we will get into fear. Fear of not being enough. Fear of failure. Fear of feeling like a fraud. Fear of success. Fear of failure. Fear of being judged, criticized, not liked.
The best way to avoid all of this...
“Embrace stupid and skip fear.”
Seth says, “There is nothing to be afraid of. Nothing except avoiding the feeling of stupid. And stupid is a good thing.”
Stupid is just an ugly word for not knowing. And if you knew it all you wouldn’t need to be here. CREATION is what happens as you curiously step towards the unknown. Your life is a series of unknown unfolding events that you meet either with expectation and disappointment or wonder and awe.
Being a human being IS to be unknowing. We use a meager amount of our brain. We don’t know what we don’t know or even how much we don’t know.
And that is a gift.
Let’s take the coat of pressure off.
Let us embrace all that we are not, all that we do not know and all we will become. Once we live with a beautiful beginner’s mind and an open hand, we will have opened ourselves up to a deeper knowledge and vast expanse of life we could have never had access to otherwise.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few”
― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind