About Aberrant Lucidity

 What is "aberrant lucidity?"

Aberrant lucidity is a concept I came up with that has developed over time.  In simplest terms, aberrant lucidity is equivalent to an epiphany. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an epiphany is:  a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you.

An epiphany then is equivalent to enlightenment in a manner of speaking.  Enlightenment isn't something that happens once and you're done.  Enlightenments should happen throughout your life as you gain new perspectives on deeply ingrained concepts. They can happen because you're seeking them, but more often than not they happen when you try to understand someone else's perspective, whether it's a friend, an adversary, or even a long dead philosopher.  

In "Metaphysics," Aristotle wrote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”  I believe this to be universal wisdom.  For even if you find yourself in a heated argument, taking a moment to entertain the other person's point of view is far more productive than sticking to your ideology and trying to force your perspective on someone else.

The world is not black and white.  If you approach it as such you miss the richness and beauty of not only our differences, but our similarities.  If you want to change the world, start with yourself.  Ideas you hold in opposition didn't come from nothing.  Understanding how they came to be is a fundamental step in peacemaking.


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