Peace is a Possibility

onenow By onenow, 17th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Star Wars movies were excellent because they were so full of metaphors for living full lives. One such example, which I share here, was what I consider to be a metaphor for memory. I look at how dangerous memory can be when it limits our ideas about our possible future, and finally I discuss the importance of changing our paradigms.

What We Seek May Not Be in our Archives

Today I am reminded of a scene in one of the Star War’s films (although I confess I do not recall which one.)

Obi-Wan Kenobi went to the Federation Archive because he needed to find a planet. In searching the archives, the most extensive records available anywhere, Obi-Wan was dismayed because he was unable to find the information he sought. He called to the keeper of the Archive to ask why the information was unavailable. The stiff, rather indignant, librarian responded: "It is simple. If it is not in our archive, it does not exist.”

What a metaphor for our human memory!
This concept explains why one man's
dung heap is another man’s goldmine.

Our natural tendency is to allow our past (that which already exists in our archives) to define, determine, and limit our possibilities for the future. The security of the known is more comfortable than the uncertainty of that which lies beyond our accumulated knowledge.

Memory can be Destructive

All great inventors and explorers share a quality, which allows them to push beyond what is known in search of that which is yet to be discovered.

In the movie, Obi-Wan spoke to his wise master, Yoda, about his problem. He tells Yoda that it just does not make sense. There are signs that indicate the planet should be there, but there is no mention of it in the archives.

Yoda advises Obi-Wan to get in his ship, aim it for where the planet should be, and advance in that direction. It is wise advice for living our lives.

Not all of us have access to wise masters like Yoda (well we do if we know how to connect to our inner-Selves, but that is a Truth for another day) so memories can be very dangerous. Most of us, when we found out that there was no evidence of that planet in the “archives of everything” my metaphor for memory, would quit. Having no reason to believe in the possibility, having understood, as memory has shown, that what you are seeking does not exist, most of us would quit. Had Obi-Wan not listened to Yoda and trusted in the wisdom shared, he would have never found the object he sought.

Our memories can be very destructive by painting an incomplete picture of possibilities. Often we believe what our memories have taught us and we never even start quests which appear impossible. I recently read “The Wright Brothers” another outstanding book by author David McCullough. As Wilber and Orville Wright began their work to conquer manned flight, the existing “proof” was that man was not intended to fly and only fools believed it was possible. Of course, we know the outcome of their endeavors, but the prevailing wisdom undoubtedly stopped many from ever trying. Following failure after failure the Wright brothers refused to allow their memories to stop them from their tenacious pursuit. I love to read about inventors in all fields. They all share this one ability: a refusal to give up even when memory insists on the impossibility or improbability of success.

Be Careful of What you Know

In the movie, Obi-Wan takes his master’s advice and once Obi-Wan is close enough, the planet appears on his radar screen, right where it should be. He realizes finally, that someone had sabotaged the archives.

I have found this advice to be useful, time and again, in my own life. Often I have chosen to move in some unfamiliar direction with no indication that the move would be beneficial. While I never purposely sabotaged my memories, I have discovered that much of my archived information has been tainted, for one reason or another. I shudder to think what my life would have been if I had always depended on what was stored in my archives before making decisions. Suffice it to say I would probably have a life that looked quite different from the one I have now.

Our paradigms shift by directing our sights (aiming our ships) beyond that which we know. While the “peace which surpasses understanding” may not be in our archived databases, that does not mean it is unobtainable.

The simple truth is that I see the world, as I do, because of “what I know.” If I limit my experience to that which I know, I compress the unlimited universe into one confined to my own history.

It is time for us to set our sights on the world that could be, advance in that direction and open ourselves to possibilities that our rational archives would never support. Who knows? Maybe when we get to the spot where peace should be waiting, we will find it on our radar.

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Memory, Metaphor, Obi-Wan, Paradigms, Peace, Possibility, Star Wars, Yoda

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author avatar brendamarie
18th Sep 2015 (#)

very inspirational peace

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author avatar onenow
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you friend.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

I like your posts and want to read them again. Like the others I've read this is very good. Blessings.

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author avatar onenow
16th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. I appreciate your kind comments. I will be visiting your writings. I look forward to learning more about you and from you,

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