We’ve heard people tell us several times to explore and canvass ideas outside “the box”, haven’t we? But do we really know and understand the realm of The Box? Think carefully, then think again.
For there is a misconception that thinking outside The Box generates you to be a more creative person, a more philosophical person, an extraordinary person with extraordinary views and insights.
You don’t really have an answer, do you? And if you think you do, just ask yourself this:
How can you set foot outside of The Box without truly understanding The Box and the various contents it holds within?
Yes, it holds contents, it is not an empty box. It being empty is another misconception.
Haven’t you figured out that there is a gnawing fear that is everpresent in everyone which is the main reason you want to step out of The Box? Fear of what?
Fear of other people. People are constantly worried about the fact that many people are in The Box as well! People are afraid of others- What if the others find out something before they could?
Because the third misconception is that the contents in the box are the same for all people! No. You don’t have to be afraid! Nobody knows what is inside the others’ box! It is not the same. Because each box might be the same but the contents in it vary in shape, vary in colours, vary in size and that affects and changes everything!
We, being ignorant, constantly worry if there are spots left for us to discover in The Box. It becomes a mediocre race between people to sift through the box and declare something remarkable, before anyone else does. Let’s face it, nobody likes to lose, nor left behind, nor feel worthless while witnessing the praise, recognition and marvels of others who were also thinking in that same box.
The second reason behind the fear, or rather the reason people dislike thinking inside the box is that they think that the inside of the box is overpopulated! They think everyone else is bouncing around the same wavelength, same thoughts, same ideas.
Truth is, they don’t. That’s why everybody is different. Nobody is bouncing around the same line. They draw their own lines and sometimes compare it with the lines drawn by others. Some can be similar, but similar does not mean same.
Coming back to my point, since the fourth misconception that everybody is also thinking inside The Box is everpresent, people come up with the ‘brilliant’ idea of exploring outside of The Box.
Thinking outside of The Box due to the above-mentioned reasons gives one a false sense of superiority, a distorted sense of individuality and also a pompous air of achievement. This is because, the outside is pure, unpopulated, and infinite. It is a beautiful parallel universe inside one’s mind that has been untouched. It is a space wherein one is free to roam, free to deduce and free to conclude. No restrictions, no complications, and nobody else. Just free.
But while it truly is an exquisite space to be, one should not forget that there are n numbers of layers and parallels to probe. It is an endless sphere of knowledge shaped through countless perspectives, because of which these people either go mad, feel uninspired till they come back inside The Box, or cannot really carry and convey the weight of their discoveries. That’s why, it may bring them fame, but only for a short period, because they also take the outside for granted.
The entry to the outside, though free, needs a well shaped mind that has surpassed being in the inside to truly handle it and get results- long term fame, long term knowledge and long term freedom.
For the true thinkers, and this is again just my perception, are those who know how the box works; Are those who understand why the box acts as a barrier to the outside; are those who understand why the box has contents in the first place; and are those who accept the plethora of layers orbiting the outside.
The Box is the ground and the contents in it are the tools you need for your journey to explore the outside. Learn to walk before you run, so you can run without fear knowing when to stop, when to trod, when to gallop and when to hop. That is when you are truly thinking outside The Box.
People who know this, who have practiced it and who have evolved, have wings. And the box and its contents have disappeared from their sight. It is not that they do not need it anymore, it’s just that the box and its contents have become a part of them and turned into their wings- which will help them breeze past dimensions and highs- an indescribable sight unfolds. And that is what thinking outside the box really is. Being inside gives you the sanity to later understand the insanity of the outside.
-By Ashwini. B. Kamath
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