The real definition of insanity.

During a recent conversation, my daughter crowned an argument by reciting a popular saying.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Clever kid.
“Perhaps,” I replied.
“But isn’t it also insane to do the same thing over and over and expect the same results?”
She was dumbfounded.
I was being quite sincere.
What happens to experts and most other comfortable people?
We end up making the conscious unconscious.
Our beliefs become fossilized and seduce us to continue “our ways.”
Our existing knowledge and situation dulls our senses to the reality of the changing world.
Our minds become protected by layers of fat we call experience.
And we rationalize our habits for dealing with the world—doing the same things over and over—with our comfort and brilliant achievements.
This story, this self-reinforcing delusion, is the real definition of insanity.
We’re insane to think we can save or consume our way to peace and happiness.
We’re insane to believe we can control people or work them to the brink of meltdown with no blowback.
We’re insane to imagine that we can ravage the Earth to our heart’s content.
We’re insane to focus on the urgent at the expense of the important.
And we’re insane to use the same thinking and methods and expect wildly different results.
Have you been doing pretty much the same things over and over?
Does it feel compulsive and unsatisfying?
Then stop.
Get out of your office.
Leave your store.
Step away from the factory.
Turn off your computer.
Heaven forbid, power off your cell phone.
And open your child-like eyes to the reality of the world.

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