The description of the FreeThinkers group includes the words "... promoting the process of thinking outside the box", which makes me wonder "What is a box (in this context)?"
That question has slammed my grey cell up against the wall of "Why do I choose certain actions, and why do I accept my current world view?". The answers of "Because those are my personal values, and my current world view is the best that I have been able to produce after 68 years of living" are in some sense trite, and it makes me wonder what box or boxes is/are constraining my thought processes.
I don't know if this post will generate any sort of discussion, but I felt impelled to post it in case it tickles anybody else's grey cell.
One major problem I see is that the 'box' frames a certain set of ideals and way of thinking. But, when one steps outside one box one often steps inside another. I have rejected many past 'norms' but have developed another set. That will change, hopefully, until the end but the new boxes will become smaller and smaller and most will lie within a larger box.
I’ve always understood the expression “thinking outside the box” to mean looking beyond the already known and accepted models in any sphere of human endeavour to find better or improved ones, or to find solutions to problems hitherto insoluble.
In other words looking at things with a new perspective, especially one which challenges old ideas and the accepted way of thinking or acting.