For me thinking differently really means thinking by myself. As a therapist working on people’s early conditioning and childhood traumas, I can see how most of us are actually never thinking independently from what mommy, daddy, ours teachers, media or the society told us. Unconsciously we’re afraid of being hurt again, as we were in childhood every time we stepped over a red line defined by external authority (we were rejected, abandoned, humiliated, treated with injustice or betrayed). So we learned to stay in the boxes some external authority defined as acceptable for us in order to survive. But now is the time to wake up and stand up for ourselves and reclaim our inner authority, the one and only authority which can tell wether something is made for us or sounds true to us.
I was born with no sense of external authority whatsoever, which made my early life very difficult. I was beaten by my parents because I wouldn’t obey orders that made no sense to me. I couldn’t understand why I must obey only because mom said I had to without any objective reason. I’m still that way today. Hierarchy doesn’t exist in my experience and I feel equal to everyone (even animals and plants) and I don’t see why some self proclaimed outer authority must be trusted more than myself. That’s probably why it was always easier for me to think by myself.