The Inheritance Of Dead Ideas

It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us.

Henrik Ibsen

It’s so true…
We carry so much useless and unwanted baggage that is passed on to us from the previous generations, and implicitly it just weighs us down, stifles our chances to be creative and imposes illogical limits on our lives, choices and freedom.
It is our responsibility to not pass any of that to our children and to really give them a clean slate on which they can freely draw out their lives.

  • Luke

    I completely agree Marwan. It’s amazing how much crap we have to wade through to get anything done. And by crap I mean accepted norms, status quos, superstitions, power plays and egos.

    We all need a level playing field once-in-a-while.

  • Jimbo

    The trick, of course, is to keep the good stuff–the personal integrity, the ancient verities, the solid virtues–and not keep the inflexible and reactive mindset that so often comes with them.

    You may find that the older you become, the harder it is to separate them. (Or not. :) )