Speculative History of the WestEdit
For thousands of years there was little change toward better conditions for human beings. The changes in the ability to treat diseases was minor. Technology improvement was slow. And then, suddenly, things started to change rapidly.
Initially, people didn't expect change to happen. As a self-fullfilling prophecy, nothing happened. On many levels change was not tolerated. Then, new inventions became common, change happened everywhere and people started to expect change to happen.
And what was expected, happened. And it happened even more dramatically than anyone expected. Today, new knowledge accumulates and the ability to apply it is acquired faster than ever. The Age of Networking is born.
Also, during the centuries, old systems have been replaced by newer more efficient systems. A new government replace the old with each new revolution. After a while, the new system is old and it's time for a new replacement.
On a Smaller ScaleEdit
On a smaller scale, this can happen in an individual too. Use the power of self-fullfilling prophecies. Love change and don't be afraid of changing. Everytime we learn something, we change. If you are afraid of changing it will make learning harder.
Moreover, each remodeling of the solution to a problem tends to make the solution better. Everyone who has done some computer programming knows that a program solution tends to be better if it is remade from scratch instead of applying ad hoc patches.
Use this phenomena to your advantage. Throw all your habits out of the window every now and then. Start from scratch, use your new and increased knowledge to create better habits.
Our nervous system recieves a large amount of impressions each second. From this chaos it selects a pattern which we perceive as reality. Thus our perception of reality is colored by how we recognize patterns. We see the patterns we know. Example: Think of red. Look around right where you are sitting now. Your brains extract everything that is red. But what smells were around? How many green items did you see? The brains works in the same fashion when it comes to ideas, views and opinions. Thus, if you try to build on your old knowledge new information will be filtered according to your old information. A better idea might be to try to start from scratch, as described above.