Introduction Do you often feel like something is wrong with society, but you cannot fully place it all in perspective? You would certainly be in the majority if you ever have, simply because it's the very structure of society, its foundation, core and even tertiary components and philosophies which make it the way it is. Everything in life is at its best when balance and harmony can be achieved. This concept is not new. Originating from early Ancient Greek philosophy, where Aristotle (384–322 BCE) taught moderation, urging his students to follow the middle road between extremes, the via media was the dominant philosophical precept by which Ancient Roman civilisation and society was organised. (via media - Wikipedia) Absent the gross abuses of a tyrannical government and the rampant growth of corporations, the people of our nation here in these United States would still have quite a difficult time maintaining the balance of power. In fact, it is because of this very reason we currently live in a corporate controlled oligarchy disguised as a Democracy which is really supposed to be a republic to begin with. The purpose of this discussion is not meant to uncover each reason and explain how and why we got to where we are, but challenge the reader to understand a very clear concept pertaining to the balance of power within their own mind. Below, is an example of a simple balance scale. To either side represents an extreme on each end, and in the center is neutrality. You may perceive an instance in any manner of ways, but chances are you will most likely adopt the most commonly held perceptions in which society has accepted. In general, these perceptions will be based on sound policy, facts and evidence provided by experts and professionals of every field. The media channels will then spend a great deal of effort organizing and presenting this information for your consumption. To many people this procedure is quite normal; there can be no arguing the facts if they are the only facts on the table. What happens to the scale when only one type of data is entered into it? It would balance to only one side, is this not true? If we were to add a list of items to a database and we had two colors as categories, say 'yellow' and 'blue', but only entered in the 'yellow' items, the data is missing a critical component and is entirely comprised of only one item type. No comparison can be made at this point, and no precise reference can be made with regard to the other category. We would need to add in the 'blue' data and then run a diagnostic to receive a valid comparison. The point is, if you do not challenge the information being stored in your mind on a daily basis, chances are you will be receiving only one category of information. The two party political system we have is what I describe as a "false paradigm". Both sides are entirely controlled by Council on Foreign Relations members and 'inspired' by powerful corporate lobbyists. Nothing you ever see or hear concerning politics is wholly real, legitimate and unbiased. It helps to actually have a baseline and a legitimate opposing thought to make a conclusion. Societal perceptions vs. Your perceptions A concept is a mental representation of a thought or idea which is stored in the mind and can be accessed by memory in any number of ways. A perception is a sensory trait, and therefore developed by the senses and require an opinion to be made. Most of the concepts of today are actually controlled perceptions. In fact, marketing corporations spend billions upon billions just to figure out the best way to incite emotion and create the strongest perceptions. Humanity did not always rely upon high definition video and Dolby surround sound to receive information to formulate concepts, and perceptions were never so easily inspired like they are today. But, what does this all mean? Creativity If the program you create is only filled with one data type, it would be pretty unbalanced. If your mind were the database, it would be safe to conclude that it's overloaded to one side. I believe you have heard of the term "sensory overload" before. If your mind is bombarded with repetitive information concentrated on stimulating the senses, it will have a negative affect on creativity. This should not be confused with the body's own condition (such as depression) which could have a negative affect on health but not on creativity. The creative mind is dependent upon the senses. One might argue this is not the case since Beethoven composed great works when he was deaf. We must not forget, Beethoven did not lose his hearing until the last decade of his life, then gave up conducting and performing but continued to compose. He could still feel the music by vibration and perceive the sound from memory. The creative nature of our minds is impressive and should not be underestimated. Creativity falls on the right side of the scale, with your personal concepts. Increased creativity leads to free thought, original ideas and invention, and spiritual discovery just to name a few examples. The opposing concept of creativity would be supported on the societal side of the scale. Conformity The primary goal of any group is to continue to provide protection for itself. Many of nature's creatures fall into the habit of grouping together. The entire concept of safety is comprised of strength in numbers. The concept of conformity is rooted in group mechanics, and we can factor our status within the group as well as public opinion, societal rejection, compliance, psychology and influence just to name a few examples. Although we can still possess creativity within the sphere of conformity, it is always going to be limited by the multitude of variables within the social structure. When we speak about the mind exclusively, creativity simply does not exist at the farthest end of the conformity scale. Summary There may be a way to conclude this by asking you to compare your own level of conceptual thinking, creative abilities and commitment to conformity. We may find the results of our study also serves as a guide for what is happening to our society. If you are not prepared to take the initiative and actually maintain balance with thought, and only accept information provided to you by "official" outlets on a routine basis, then I urge you to reconsider your priorities. Unplug your television, read a book or become addicted to a forum online like the Survival Monkey. Actually begin to think on your own and try to come up with original ideas and concepts. The more you are ingrained in society, the more you will be dependent upon the same channels for encouragement and support. Don't be surprised to find one day that all your support channels have evaporated and your fragile reality has collapsed. On that day, remember this warning and remember it well. History is made by the brave who dare to challenge the unknown and walk where the others are too timid to venture. You might get lucky and find our footprints, but don't count on it.