Notes in the margins

Latent environmental forces

There is a popular phrase, "Change your environment and your life will change. Like any pop truth, this phrase has lost its meaning due to frequent repetition. The more often you repeat it, the faster the words disintegrate into separate signs. And the glue, the very meaning, goes away.

But the truth is that invisible forces of our environment, bypassing our consciousness, have a great influence not only on our well-being but also on our achievements in life.

For example, the informational environment. Despite the gigantic variety of information in the world, a person's perceptual channel and attention span have significant limitations. Very quickly in the routine of everyday life, the buffet tables of information are reduced to an ascetic menu, such as bread, potatoes, and meat. But with information, as with food, the law of cause and effect works. What we consume today makes us "tomorrow. It's up to us to add variety to our nutritional and informational diet. And most importantly in it, is the inclusion of novelty.

The information environment is worth revisiting regularly. What themes have developed around you? How many of these themes are there? Two, three, four? Are they related to each other? Why are these themes with you? For how long? How can they influence you, and how can they shape your agenda? How many different opinions on a topic are you considering?

When they say that our environment makes us who we are, they often mean people. And that's right because we have one important evolutionary attitude - to be coherent, to be attuned. If there is coherence, you behave the way your loved ones behave. If there is no coherence, there are internal conflicts, cognitive dissonances and stresses. In both cases, we are formed as individuals, and our behaviour is only a consequence of this living together.

But there is no such understanding of the information environment. That is why it is important to bring this into the zone of awareness for yourself and to look more closely at your informational environment.