Friday, July 17, 2009

Prisms

In optics, a prism is a transparent optical element with flat polished surfaces that reflect light. Light is made up of a collection of many colors and when in contacts with a prism, normal white light becomes a rainbow. The dispersion of colors in a prism occurs because of refractive index, or the measure of how much the speed of light is reduced inside a medium. When light enters a prism the difference in the refractive index of air and glass causes the light to bend creating the angle of bending. The speed of light reduced, coupled with the angle of bending, is what creates the rainbow we all see coming out of the prism.

We are all prisms despite not being flat or optically transparent. We do not take in white light and make it colorful, but we do take in information and disperse it in whatever way we see fit. The way we take in information is in fact very similar to the way a prism accepts light, and we also disperse what we take in much in the same manner as well. Our ability to successfully emit information into action, or make white light colorful, depends on our ability consciously act more prism like and less human like.

Received information is made up of a collection of many messages and when it comes into contact with our brains, words gain meaning and lead to action. The dispersion of this information into action primarily depends on the speed information is reduced inside of its medium (us), creating the prism equivalent of a refractive index. When information enters our brain, the difference in refractive index of comprehension and thought causes us to bend the information into what we decide is the appropriate action response (our equivalent of the angle of bending). In slowing the speed of information received, coupled with our ability to comprehend and think, we create the ability to act appropriately within an event.

In order for others to see the rainbow within our actions two things are instrumental in being understood through our actions; 1) reducing the speed of information coming at us so that we have the time to process the information, and 2) being transparent.

If we really want our actions to be understood by others and create action for everyone to appreciate we need to make sure that we are taking the time to understand the information that is being sent to us. This includes listening, understanding the other persons meaning of what they are saying, asking the appropriate questions to form a correct judgment, and then acting. This is only possible when we allow ourselves to be completely transparent in our intent and purpose for why we are considering action. Transparency in the sense of containing no hidden agendas allows others to not only see the meaning behind our actions, but also gives them the chance to enjoy the output of those actions (our rainbow).

Too many times we hear what we want to hear and act on our own unshared agenda. In doing so, we open ourselves to unnecessary scrutiny because we only emit color for few people to enjoy. Because we bend the information received in our favor and not based on reality, we lose the ability to turn white light into color. In rushing information to our own biased opinion, we don’t allow information to turn into anything other than what we originally wanted it to be in the first place.

When we learn to create a refractive index of the information received and allow it to bend in the way reality intended it to bend we can create wonder through our actions. In doing this, we allow others to appreciate our actions even if they do not agree with our actions. A rainbow cannot be appreciated in the dark, just like our actions cannot be appreciated when we leave others in the dark as well.

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