“Purity,” the new novel by Jonathan Franzen, is the topic
Despite years embracing the principle of positive intention, I still catch myself, at times, jumping the gun and feeling offended when others act in ways that impact me negatively. It’s wise to check out my perception before pointing fingers. So much of the harm we do to each other is a direct result of our own misperceptions. It’s wiser still to sort out my intention before unleashing a knee-jerk reaction. So much of our own suffering is a direct result of misguided actions.
It’s wise to remember my view of things is my own illusion. Despite years preaching the principle that the map is not the territory, I still catch myself operating off a web of assumptions as if they are the truth of the matter. The world we live in is a constructed model based on our beliefs and perceptions.
The principle that the map is not the territory frees you from needing to defend your corner of truth and challenges you to keep the largest portion of your map uncharted. We encounter new terrain each day without realizing it because we are operating off of old maps.
Life is truly an adventure when you embrace the principle of the map and look beyond your own rendering of the world, beyond your own “legend,” which is the key words and stories you use to interpret your reality. Then, you begin to see, hear, and feel the magic of life as it is in the moment. You step into the flow of energy. You become a part of life itself.