Mazin Faisal Al-Baldawi
2016 / 5 / 2
It is uncommon if a villager will suddenly take a step forward and move to live in a town´-or-a city. Our rich history and culture with such tails and stories about people who took such step. Most of those stories were illustrated by jokes and classified under comedy category. Those tails were reflecting how those people tore up their minds set’s rigid cocoon and fly out to a new world.
This short introduction will pave the way to discuss and analyse our objective that has been addressed in this part of the “Change and our Civil Society series” as most of those brave people (as they considered later) had been criticised by their own family members, relatives, and neighbours at that time. However, some´-or-most of them may have appreciated those people’s pluck later and regret to not take the same step as they’ve done.
The decision of moving those people made was in a parallel position to the criticizing decision that their society made. As both decisions were representing both sides of the mindset cocoon, the interior, and exterior one. The interior where the larvae spun up and built to isolate and protect itself from the surrounding environment, when it started whirling up the case there were certainly understood things before going in its torpor. But certainly things will be different when the time passed on maturing the larvae allowing it turns to a butterfly, where it gets a colourful rendering. Though, the time for it to fly away.
Herein the mindset which spun its standards and scaling cocoon during a long lifetime since childhood where the family basics were considered as a cornerstone for attitudes and concept filtration tool that controls what is accepted and what is ignored´-or-refused. This filtration will build up the belief and draw an outline for life vision and mission as well as life disciplines and principles where the soul is the soil where such seeds will grow up building a shed on the person.
Although we are talking about rigid mindsets but we must point out to the opposite side of it where developed and open mindsets are there. In norm, rigid mindsets people aim to achieve validation, prove themselves and highly sensitive to being wrong´-or-make a mistake (Dr. Carol S. Dweck). So any failure will destroy their confidence. While the opposite ones are always willing and keen to explore and develop their knowledge and consider any failure as a feedback.
Such rigid mindsets build up walls around a society, isolate its people off contacting and communicating others where pertinacity of change will flourish and deepen its roots catching the soul’s tiny vines where the life beat will sequentially get lower until death. These walls will play a crucial wall in creating dictatorship where some of its illustrations will be reflected as poverty, radicalism and retardation.
Because of that fear of change, fear of failure, fear of a new concept and new approaches, many societies up to date still suffer under dictatorships and radicalism where the one way conceptual mind is manipulating people’s lives and destinies by holding political key controls represented by a mural of radical rigid minded power disciplines and principles framed with a nice political frame. In this regard, it is good to note that these assigned powers will be on different aspects vary from ideological, philosophical and secular based trends to a belief religious ones.
While we engaged with this important issue, we have to discuss, analyse it by a historical perspective that will illustrate these revolutionary attempts in different societies for that various based trends as a CHANGE attempts to what we call them now “rigid mindsets” at that time for those who considered as revolutionaries where most of them got a sacred trait and a high social rank even if they are not with us today.