The Melting Pot

Written by Tom Horn

THE MELTING POT Society has been called a ‘melting pot’. This, I think, is an accurate description. But what is a melting pot? I imagine a pot full of some solid substance that has undergone a transformation into a liquid state. Inrepparttar latter condition, large and small bubbles are appearing unpredictably atrepparttar 131443 surface. They inflate and then pop. The initial behavior ofrepparttar 131444 solid is governed byrepparttar 131445 interaction of its adjacent parts occurring underrepparttar 131446 scientific laws of predictability. However, behavior inrepparttar 131447 melted state becomes holistically governed. That is to say interaction between adjacent parts ofrepparttar 131448 liquid is overlaid by a mysterious ‘global’ influence. If you perturb one point inrepparttar 131449 bubbling surface, an effect is magically produced in some unconnected place. Society andrepparttar 131450 human body are both a bit like this. But society isn’t exactly melting. It is just that society gets driven beyond a given threshold and begins to function in a way that is holistically governed. It passes from a state that is understandable into a state in which a principle of surprise begins to operate. This principle shows itself inrepparttar 131451 impromptu emergence of living trends. These arerepparttar 131452 ‘bubbles’ that inflate and burst onrepparttar 131453 surface ofrepparttar 131454 melting pot. They arise with no cause that we can trace and burst in a negative surprise that we cannot foresee. Since you and I are members of society, we are constrained to participate in these living trends on a daily basis. Andrepparttar 131455 driving force that trips society overrepparttar 131456 threshold into this particular type of holistic influence is IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE. Let me give an example of how this imperfect knowledge has maybe affected you. When you were young you probably went in search of your ‘true love’. If you were a boy, I dare say you spotted ‘her’ across a crowded dance floor and knew instantly that she wasrepparttar 131457 girl for you. Plainly, at that moment of first meeting, you had imperfect knowledge of this girl and she of you. This lack of true knowledge tripped you both over a threshold, making you available torepparttar 131458 living trend of infatuation. If you fell underrepparttar 131459 spell of infatuation a living trend will have propelled you along a definite course. At first feelings of attraction would have intensified. Maybe you got married during this period. Then there would have been a sort of plateau phase of indecipherable length. We call it a 'honey moon period’. This could have extended for some years. Thenrepparttar 131460 surprising crash would have occurred in your relationship as feelings of animosity began to intensify quickly. Maybe these negative feelings drove you intorepparttar 131461 divorce court. Whichever way,repparttar 131462 pattern ofrepparttar 131463 living trend will have been fulfilled. Only truthful communication at all stages between you and your dear wife, together with some massive compromises, could have preventedrepparttar 131464 trend from manifesting its full ‘intent’. Now, if you had possessed ‘power’ atrepparttar 131465 outset, you would have been lucky enough to meet someone whose thought processes were compatible with your own. In this case, at your first meeting, there would have been insufficient ‘imperfect knowledge’ to place you both inrepparttar 131466 path of a living trend. Since most youngsters have been robbed of their ‘power’, often by well-meaning people, they tend to be inrepparttar 131467 wrong places atrepparttar 131468 wrong time meetingrepparttar 131469 wrong people. In this situationrepparttar 131470 ‘arranged marriage’ would seem to be a sensible alternative. This is where relatives select suitable partners onrepparttar 131471 basis of temperament and class. When this is done astutely and tactfully, with a full explanation given ofrepparttar 131472 reasons behindrepparttar 131473 selection (lack of ‘power’ and to avoid living trends), a lasting relationship becomes more probable.

The Folly of Problem Solving

Written by Tom Horn

THE FOLLY OF PROBLEM SOLVING Hello, my name is Tom. In this short article I want to convince you that a strategy for getting nice surprises is more realistic than a strategy leading to a predictable outcome. We are already familiar with strategies of predictability and have called them science, technology and logic. These have been used to solve our problems. Each of us has to solverepparttar problems of providing ourselves with food, clothing, shelter, warmth, health and friendship. And then there arerepparttar 131440 wider problems of balancingrepparttar 131441 economy, environmental degradation, disposal of waste, helpingrepparttar 131442 poor, fighting diseases and keepingrepparttar 131443 peace. There is no shortage of problems in this world. Small wonder then that we are trained from an early age inrepparttar 131444 skills of problem solving. But even if we could solve all our problems, would we then be living in a world we would have chosen had there been no problems to begin with. The answer, surprisingly, is no. So what is wrong with problem solving using strategies of predictability? Well, firstly, have you noticed howrepparttar 131445 problem solver does not wind up in an ideal world of his own choosing. Far from it because his solutions to problems often becomerepparttar 131446 new problems. For example: We need food, so we get a meal and our continued existence contributes torepparttar 131447 overpopulation ofrepparttar 131448 earth. We need shelter, so we buy a house and then haverepparttar 131449 problem of maintenance and mortgage repayments. We need to travel, so we buy a car and wind up living in a vast car park with exhaust fumes choking us to death. We need to communicate, so we inventrepparttar 131450 Internet and now terrorists can learn to make bombs, crooks can steal money without leaving home and children can access pornography. I invite you to spot your own solutions, which are now new problems.

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