Limits

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke

Our world is defined by boundaries, limits, and rules. We know how we are expected to behave. It is a lesson we are taught from birth. The school system is designed to form us into cogs in the machine; perfectly fitted and easily replaceable.

Our governments work to make the rules more and more confining and restrictive; telling us what we can and cannot do, how to act, how to feel, how to be moral. Our gods give us rules to live by as well. They tell us when to worship, how to feel, how to be good, and how to be evil. Our social groups give us rules. We are told what to like, what to reject, where to be, and the thoughts / opinions / feelings we should have. We are told what is possible every day.

Don’t get me wrong; I know that rules are important to civilized societies. They are agreements for behavior to minimize harm to each citizen. The problem isn’t that we have rules, or laws. The problem is that we never rethink them once they are in place. We never question things that have always been that way. We never consider trying the impossible. Maybe today is the day?

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