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3/9/2018 11:09:00 AM
Trespassing Boundaries Of Thought

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

For creativity to exist and to grow, there must be an interchange and an exchange of connected and disconnected ideas.  The concept that connected ideas are somehow better interrelated than disconnected ideas is false.  Disconnected (or seemingly so) ideas are actually more connected than they appear to be, at first glance. 

Cellophane by DuPont and sticky stuff called ‘adhesive’ from 3M, gave birth to transparent tape in the 1930s.  Today, anyone who’s ever used transparent tape would think, “Well, duh, of course it’s a thing,” …because today, it IS a thing.  But many years ago, it was not a thing.  It was two separate, disconnected inventions, at two disconnected places, that were within the confines of their own boundaries.  However, somebody was inspired to combine the two, and (thankfully so) the rest is history.


The crisscrossing of ideas throughout history has led to wonderful combinations, amalgamations, and spontaneous growth of new foods, beliefs, and inventions.  Once a combination of good ideas takes hold, a culture is never the same…and rightly so.  People want to progress.  They want to grow, to discover new things, and to become better tomorrow than they are today. 

That happens by trespassing – nicely – through the boundaries of thought. 

I’m not saying that we should tear apart foundational truths or ideas for the sole sake of change – that creates fruitlessness and frustration.  What I’m trying to point out is that through the pages of history, no progress would have ever been made if everyone had always stayed where they were and never tried anything new. 

When people have been willing and able to move forward in new directions, positive things have come from it.  Like the candy commercial used to advertise, we wouldn’t have Reese’s Cups if somebody hadn’t thought of putting chocolate with peanut butter!   And, man those are good…just sayin’. 

Likewise, what thoughts do you have in your mind that you have entrenched so deeply that you would never be willing to consider lowering the boundary on?  Are they completely separated from other ideas for a reason?  Should they always stay that way? 

Would it be possible to combine some of the ways you think about one thing with other ways that you view a different something else? 

Random combinations could perhaps unlock questions you’ve had about something.  For example, could you combine a clock and a bottle of water to solve a question you have?  I don’t have anything specific in mind – it’s just a thought.  What about combing a forgotten branch of philosophy with astronomy and chow mein to solve the puzzle of time travel? 

Does that sound outlandish?  Maybe… or maybe it’s the very kind of mental trespassing we need to allow ourselves to do, in order to find answers to some of life’s riddles we face today.

Something to think about.  Have a great week!

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