Psychologist, author (Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, Eating the Moment), international speaker, CrossFit enthusiast, on Advisory Board of Mindfulness Project (London, UK). A modern-day ape continuously lost and found in the jungle of Real and Abstract, ever interested in the monkey business of being human. I grew up in Russia, served in the Soviet military, and immigrated to US in my early twenties. You can find me online at drsomov.com or pavelsomov.com. I am also on Twitter @pavelgsomov and on Instagram #unprincipledknowledge
We tend to think of wisdom as a developmental accomplishment, as something that comes with age. I don’t think so. I don’t think of wisdom as a stage-of-life. I think of wisdom as a state-of-mind, as an openness to a paradigm shift.
The Monkey Business of Being Human
When it comes to our mind-ware, we all tend to wear flip-flops. We want to keep our opinions, we want to remain right or, better yet, righteous, we crave status quo, we don’t want the turbulence of in-depth analysis with its usual dialectics of ambiguity, we want fluff, simplicity and ease-of-wear. And that’s why we can spend inordinate amounts of time shopping for our bodies while leaving our minds naked and un-inoculated to the nuances of human consciousness. I challenge you to develop an appetite for fashionable minds. Not for minds that think like you and the rest of us but for minds that think like no one else. Not for the minds that program but for the minds that de-program. Not for the minds that disseminate cultural dogma (of whatever society you are in) but for luddites of dogma. Look for the inconvenience of mind-ware, for the toe-curling, arch-cramping high heels of unorthodoxy. Keep updating your mind-ware rather than running paranoid virus scans against the difference in opinion.