What's IN your Mind is not what's ON your Mind
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The power to transcend Paradigms
Metalogue between a father and his daughter, by Gregory Bateson:
The father: I met a little boy in England who asked his father one night:
"Do fathers always know more than their sons?
"Yes," said the father.
"Who invented the steam engine?" the son asked.
"James Watt," said the father.
"And why didn't James Watt's father invent it?"
When we moved from horse-drawn culture to the industrial revolution, the experts in stagecoaches were not able to imagine the automobile.
In the same way, today, the best chemotherapy experts are not necessarily those who will imagine how to cure cancer with waves and sounds.
Every time we are stuck in optimizing - doing better what we already do -,we miss the opportunity to invent something radically new.
It's not a question of age.
It's about being aware of our ways of thinking (worldviews, beliefs, stereotypes and paradigms).
And to be able to consciously change our perspectives, to freely explore new ones.
Playing with our ideas.
In an excellent article, "Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System", Donella Meadows, gives what could be the greatest keys to transcend paradigm: detachment and humour.
There is yet one leverage point that is even higher than changing a paradigm. That is to keep oneself unattached in the arena of paradigms, to stay flexible, to realize that NO paradigm is "true," that every one, including the one that sweetly shapes your own worldview, is a tremendously limited understanding of an immense and amazing universe that is far beyond human comprehension. It is to "get" at a gut level the paradigm that there are paradigms, and to see that that itself is a paradigm, and to regard that whole realization as devastatingly funny.
This is what we call : the "Altitude Attitude".
This is what Bertrand Picard, the man who flew around the world in a balloon, said.
The Altitude Attitude" is the capacity to consciously shift our perspectives and to think about the way we think from an "elevated perspective".
From altitude, comes new directions: new options, new possibilities, a new life.
It may sound silly, but if we want to open up a Future that is not a repetition of the Past, we need alternatives based on radically different worldviews.
It is not enough to look at the world as it is AND AS IT COULD BE. It is also and above all a question of looking at our way of "looking", of thinking about our way of thinking.
In other words, to "map our mental maps" and the landscapes they allow us to see.
So we can
As Christian Bobin, the poet, says,
The world is full of visions waiting for eyes.
Eyes of all ages.
Shapership can help you become an "I Opener", an "Eye Opener" , an "Eye Hopener" and a "High Hopener", able