Science Won’t Change You

Crunch, crunch, crunch…

“Hey, um…,” Eve said with a mouthful of sweet goodness. She savored the slight tartness that swirled over her palate and then swallowed. She winked at the creature hanging on the limb of the tree she leaned against, turned to Adam and announced, “You should try this, honey.”

And according to that history, it all went downhill from there.

Next thing we read is The Big Guy comes to Adam asking about why The Tree was violated.

And, of course, since the dawn of mankind, we’ve been putting the blame on others.

In this case, a dude named Adam blamed his gal. Keep in mind, this hasn’t changed for centuries.

“Ahem…well…” Adam swallowed hard but not from the apple he just ate,”…well…it’s because of this woman, that You gave me.”

It’s always someone else’s fault. Here, he blames his gal and the Creator. Way to go Adam.

Again, this hasn’t changed for centuries.

Then, in the cascade of blame, Eve blames the serpent. Hell, the only one who had the balls to accept any responsibility in the matter was the serpent.

No, this isn’t a lecture on theology.

Just the fact that we homo sapiens have been blaming and reasoning as to why we do things…since the beginning.

And frankly, it doesn’t matter what you and I believe in as to how we got here in the first place.

What matters is this, we’re here right now and at some point we need to take responsibility.

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I love data. I love science. I love technology.

But!

None of that will create the type of desired change we seek.

We have tons of data about tons of things, in our lives, about our lives, and how we live our lives.

BUT!

None of all that science, research, and acquired data will change us. It never has. It never will.

Yet, we’ll sure use all of that data to reinforce why we do what we do.

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What about all the scientific data? The research? The findings that are replicated over and over and over again?

Smoking: takes care of 30% of all cancer deaths. It’s the cause of 87% of lung cancer and is associated with 15 different types of cancer.

But, the data that won’t change a smokers mind about quitting.

Fitness: it is one of the most effective ways in dealing with stress. It raises HDL (the good) cholesterol, which in turn expels LDL—the bad cholesterol that causes heart disease. Not to mention the data on losing weight and looking better and feeling better mentally.

Yet, the research doesn’t cause anyone to start exercising.

Gratitude: I could speak of Hebb’s Law and give more data to show how that practicing Gratitude everyday actually rewires the brain and the neurological pathways.

But, that won’t make someone who always sees life as a force that’s out to get them and squeeze every drop of blood out of them, and no one is to be trusted, change their minds about being grateful which in turn could make them happier, and those around them.

Never mind about all the data out there about journaling, meditating, exercising your brain and turning off the heavy doses of T.V.; the research that points us in positive directions about having positive people in our lives, and that being mindful of the now is the best way to fight off anxiety of the future and the regrets of the past.

But! We’ll use the data to boost our position and then beat others over the head as to why they should change…now!

I am guilty. Guilty of heaping guilt on those not ready for change.

Unfortunately, it’s not the data that creates the intrinsic reasoning for us to change anything in life.

It’s usually the triggers in life that forces us to change: divorce, failing health, times of depression (maybe even suicide attempts), lay-off, company downsizing, and the list is endless.

Living intentionally is about taking responsibility for where we are, what we are doing, and with whom we do that with.

The data merely helps us plot the course of our change when we’re ready for it by giving us some logical insights as to the why and how those changes benefit us.

As Legolas said in Lord of the Rings (yes, there’s more truth in fiction than you would believe), “…but change and growth is not in all things and places alike.”

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Burned out, no energy from sleep deprivation, and unhealthy relationships; yet, I did nothing to change it.

I knew the facts, I knew the data, I knew the eventual outcome, and yet, I did nothing.

I got up. I went through a routine. I clocked into work. I was stuck.

I guess you could say I woke up one day and was just sick and tired of the crushing weight from the sides of the corral.

After a few years of living this way, I took one small step. It seemed insignificant. I had no idea that something as little as writing a few, nasty, horrible, curse ridden sentences in a personal journal I started in 2012 would eventually lead to a published book, two others in the works, and this post.

It led to other changes.

Instead of the typical frump, frown, and other F words that used to be associated with my wake up in the mornings, I had no idea that I could wake up, look at the sunrise and go, “Wow, it’s a new day! There’s a lot of cool possibilities today.”

If you seek change, no matter what it is, you can do it. You can make it happen.

You might fall on your face a few times. It won’t look perfect. Those around you won’t like it. And I assure you, change is nothing what it looks like in some sterile scientific laboratory where everything is controlled.

Question now becomes…

Can you see down the road? Are you traveling in the direction you want to end up at? If not, are you ready for change?

What holds you back?

We don’t need more data, just that place in our lives where we’re willing to stop blaming others and our past, and start living intentionally; taking one tiny step in the direction of the path that burns within.

 


Photo by Hannah Gibbs

Posted by Christian Martin Jr.