December 3, 2022

4 Reasons Why Your Life is Difficult to Develop!

Author: Novan Arya Yuda Sugiarto

Word count: 1513

Time to read: 6 minutes

Hello everyone! Have you ever asked yourself, why do you think it’s so hard for you to develop? For example, you want to do something new but there are things that make you stuck, whether it’s suddenly lazy halfway or we suddenly don’t have time to continue, and also many other reasons that we really try to tell ourselves alone.

Actually, why do we do that? Is there something wrong or does it turn out that there are other causes, for example from our mindset? If, for example, you feel that you are a difficult person to develop and you are confused, I will try to answer these questions in this article. So, make sure you read this article to the end. So, you can get the total.

Make an answer to why you find it difficult to grow. This time I want to discuss the topic and the British statesman, Francis Bacon.

Francis used to live in an era where science was quite limited by the church back then. Even in the past, Francis was quite confused and wondered, one of the things that are often asked is why people in his day always immediately accepted and swallowed all the information they got?

Finally, on this problem, Francis found that there are four things that can make it difficult for us to develop. Francis has four philosophies about why it is so difficult for us to develop, he calls these philosophies the four idols.

In “The Four Idols,” Francis Bacon discusses the concept of what fundamentally stands in the way of a human using the correct way of arriving upon a conclusion. Bacon believes there are four falsehoods that delay people from uncovering what they need to: the idols of the tribe, cave, marketplace, and theater. At first, I thought that these idols did not apply to humans at all, but now, after careful consideration, I understand how each idol relates to humankind.

So, what are these philosophies? Let’s check it out!

1. Idols of the Tribe

The Idols of the Tribe made the false assumption that our most natural and basic sense of things was the correct one. He called our natural impressions a “false mirror” that distorted the true nature of things.

The Idols of the Tribe have their foundation in human nature itself, and in the tribe or race of men. For it is a false assertion that the sense of man is the measure of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe.

And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.

Idols of the Tribe are deceptive beliefs inherent in the mind of man, and therefore belonging to the whole of the human race. They are abstractions in error arising from common tendencies to exaggeration, distortion, and disproportion.

Thus, men gazing at the stars perceive the order of the world but are not content merely to contemplate or record that which is seen. They extend their opinions, investing the starry heavens with innumerable imaginary qualities.

In a short time. these imaginings gain dignity and are mingled with the facts until the compounds become inseparable. This may explain Bacon’s epitaph which is said to be a summary of his whole method. It reads, “Let all compounds be dissolved.”

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2. Idols of the Cave

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The Idols of the Cave were the problems of individuals, their passions and enthusiasms, their devotions and ideologies, all of which led to misunderstandings of the true nature of things.

The Idols of the Cave are the idols of the individual man. For everyone has a cave or den of his own, which refracts and discolors the light of nature, owing either to his own proper and peculiar nature; or to his education and conversation with others; or to the reading of books, and the authority of those whom he esteems and admires; or to the differences of impressions, accordingly as they take place in a mind preoccupied and predisposed or in a mind indifferent and settled; or the like.

So that the spirit of man (according to as it is meted out to different individuals) is in fact a thing variable and full of perturbation, and governed as it were by chance. Whence it was well observed by Heraclitus that men look for sciences in their own lesser worlds, and not in the greater or common world.

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3. Idols of the Marketplace

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You might call the Idols of the Marketplace a problem of political discourse: The use of words to mislead. (Nearly half a century later, Garrett Hardin would argue similarly that good thinkers need a literary filter to suss out sense from nonsense.)

Idols of the Marketplace are errors arising from the false significance bestowed upon words, and in this classification, Bacon anticipated the modern science of semantics. According to him, it is the popular belief that men form their thoughts into words in order to communicate their opinions to others, but often words arise as substitutes for thoughts and men think they have won an argument because they have out-talked their opponents.

The constant impact of words variously used without attention to their true meaning only in turn condition the understanding and breed fallacies. Words often betray their own purpose, obscuring the very thoughts they are designed to express.

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4. Idols of the Theater

The final idol, of the Theater, is how Bacon referred to long-received wisdom, the ancient systems of philosophy, the arbitrary divisions of knowledge and classification systems held onto like dogma. Without emptying one’s mind of the old ways, no new progress could be made. This would be an important lasting value of the Baconian view of science. Truth must be reasoned from first principles.

Idols of the Theater are those which are due to sophistry and false learning. These idols are built up in the field of theology, philosophy, and science, and because they are defended by learned groups are accepted without question by the masses.

When false philosophies have been cultivated and have attained a wide sphere of dominion in the world of the intellect they are no longer questioned. False superstructures are raised on false foundations, and in the end systems barren of merit parade their grandeur on the stage of the world.

Bacon believed that the first step was to make a comprehensive survey of that which is known, as distinguished from that which is believed. This attitude he seems to have borrowed from Paracelsus and shared with Descartes.

Knowledge may be gathered from the past through tradition. It may be accumulated and augmented by observation, but it must be proved and established by experimentation. No theory is important until it has been proved by the method.

Thus, Bacon set up the machinery of control which has since become almost the fetish of science.

Self-development aims to make us able to adapt to the developments in the work environment. Some of the goals of self-development, for example:

  1. Provide opportunities for ourselves to develop and express our potential.
  2. Updating our abilities, expertise, and knowledge in accordance with existing developments.
  3. Increased self-productivity at work helps us to cope with the rapidly changing world of work.
  4. Shaping us into professional individuals at work

But apart from that, there are also things that can hinder growth which is contrary to the philosophical concept of Francis Bacon. So, there are 4 that inhibit growth, for example:

  1. What comes to our mind, we immediately assume it’s true just because many people think it is true.
  2. We perceive the world based solely on our personal experiences. Very narrow like a cave.
  3. We assume that what is conveyed to someone we respect is always true.
  4. We always want to solve problems according to what we think is right, and do not care any other way

In brief, I agree that we, as humans, tend to be set in our ways and many of our problems are related to miscommunication, along with the fact that our judgments are biased because of our experiences and education. Even though I believe that it is human nature to lean towards the more interesting argument, I do not agree that all humans follow the individual in command without questioning as well as disagreeing with their views on at least one subject.

Self-development should not be taken lightly because the benefits are very large in your life, be it for your career, social relationships, and others. Start self-development by knowing yourself, so you can find things to improve, maintain, and need to be developed.

Training yourself to have a growth mindset is not easy. The fear of failure may also haunt your mind. However, you take it easy, okay? All things of course take time, including forming a growth mindset.

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