Monday, 9 January 2017

The Sunglasses Theory

It is a simple theory to understand, its practise is anything but. To understand this theory, we need to understand the power of perception. Although, the ‘Sunglasses’ theory is similar to the “glass-half-full / glass-half-empty” theory - it is not the same. The latter is purely based on how we look at things, whereas the former would require us to take an action - such as, wear sunglasses.

Simplicity of this theory comes from the fact that so many of us already apply part of this theory, almost daily…at least the physical aspect of it, i.e. wear sunglasses. The complexity of this theory, and the bit that many neither understand nor think about, is what sunglasses actually do to our body and mind.

The questions to think about are:

1. On wearing sunglasses - does the shining / reflecting Sun, which was disturbing us, suddenly stop shining / reflecting (and thus disturbing) OR have we changed our scenario to feel better without making any change to the problem (i.e. - shining / reflecting Sun)?

2. Is wearing sunglasses, even though a definite physical act, only a physical change to does it bring a psychological change as well?

3. Since shining / reflecting Sun is a physical problem, wearing sunglasses is a physical solution (even though a partial one, it still makes us feel less disturbed) - can we similarly have a non-physical solution for a non-physical problem?
  • Emotional problems can be put in the non-physical problem bucket.
4. Does this hint / direct towards giving us a little more control over our problems?
  • At least to the extent of how wearing sunglasses makes us less disturbed, without reducing the intensity of shining / reflecting Sun.

It is well understood that changing perception and / or outlook towards our emotional problems is easier said than done, definitely not as easy as physically wearing sunglasses. We must consider the possible benefit against the effort required. If we are able to convince ourselves that our problems, although still exist, their impact on us will not as strong after we wear non-physical sunglasses, the effort required to train ourselves on wearing non-physical sunglasses become a worth-while effort.

In a day, in a week, in a month, in a year, in a lifetime - how many minutes we find ourselves outside in the Sun and how many minutes do we actually wear physical sunglasses to become comfortable with shining / reflecting Sun? Now consider this, how many minutes do we spend worried about something or the other - one emotional stress-causing element after another attacks us from various different aspects of life. No doubt the number of minutes for latter will be many folds more than the number of minutes for the former.

With just this statistic alone, we can see the benefit in training ourselves in the use of Sunglasses theory for non-physical problems. So far - the benefits of calm and composed mind haven’t been taken into account. The reduction of actual physical harm, which comes to a human body with stress and non-physical problems, has also not been taken into account. 

Without any doubt, the Sunglasses theory would help us see things in different light - just as physical sunglasses help change the colour, and reduce intensity of shining / reflecting Sun. The question that should be raised now is: are there any harms of this theory? 

This theory, much like most of the medicines, does carry come potential side-effects. One potential side-effect may occur if the theory is over-used in one’s life. In this case, complacency or lethargy is likely to set in because a person could get mind-trained to think no problem is worth worrying about or even worse, a person may believe that the only action required when faced with a problem is to wear non-physical sunglasses. Neither scenario is the intended outcome of the theory - however, it is important to understand these potential flaws / side-effects of the theory.

The purpose of this post is simply to discuss a theory, which has strong benefits - even if short-term and non-physical. There is no specific suggestion on how to implement this theory - since it is non-physical. Every individual could think of implementing it in a different scenario and make use of the theory differently. The basic idea is to understand, even without making any change to the problem at hand - we can do something within ourselves to change our outlook, and thus change / reduce the negative impact of that problem.

As wearing physical sunglasses makes us believe that we look "cool", the non-physical sunglasses could have a similar impact. It is all about positivity breeds positivity.

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