A few weeks ago I was shown a cool trick that sums up not only the mind of an ant, but even more so, the mind of us humans.
If you can ever get your hand on one, put an ant on a blank piece of paper and use a pen or marker to draw a circle around him. You will see the ant senselessly runs to different edges of the circle trying to get out because he thinks he is trapped. Until finally he realizes that it is nothing but a mental barrier and flees the artificial entrapment. See video below.
This experiment was so interesting to me, because it perfectly sums up the way we humans think. Despite the fact that we live in a 3D world and an ant lives in a 2D one, and they are very small insects, it simplistically demonstrates how the mind works.
Ants are master builders of communities, colonies, bereavers of their dead, plus they travel in groups in search of food. They are very smart for their size. However, draw an imaginary wall around them and they become confused, trapped, and discombobulated for a few seconds, wondering how to get out of it.
Our minds work the same way. We are always in a mental jail, as we struggle with the fears of our own minds, the darkness of negativity that is ever so present and the noise in our heads questioning us doing something. We are afraid to leave our imaginary circles of comfort and stability to venture into the unknown, simply because we do not know what to expect.
We are mentally trapped!
Bob Marley once said, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” It is amazing that it took an ant experiment to bring to life how true that statement is. Just like the ant, the moment you realize that the imaginary circle you draw around yourself is just a fabrication of the mind, at that moment you will start to achieve great things.
Are you in a mental circle?
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