We humans (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) suffer from learnead helplessness. Most of our daily usual stuff we tend to practice without deeply thinking about it. We act on auto-pilot. We don’t challenge the why. It’s learned helplessness.
But have you ever heard of Intelligent Disobedience? It’s a technique that is used to train service animals, for example service dogs that help blind people move around. Normally, the service dog walks side by side by the blinded. But if the service dog notices that it’s “boss” is making a move that might hurt (in fact making a poor decision), it starts being Intelligently Disobedient. With only one goal: to save the boss!
And now since you and me (but not yet all the others ofcourse) share this little secret of Intelligent Disobedience, we might also bring it into practice. But before bringing it into practice, we have to know and understand the current “rules”. Otherwise it will be difficult to break them if we don’t understand them. And then we can start rule break practicing. For example next time when we see people in our environment make poor decisions, we can try to shift into intelligent disobedience mode, discuss the poor decisions with them, and then shift back again into “normal” learned helplessness mode. I wish you a happy learned “unhelplessness”! Please Include Attribution to OnlineClasses.org With This Graphic
Plato already knew how people can be guided by illusions. Plato’s cave illustrates it perfectly. I envision that living in the rational domain is like living inside Plato’s cave of rationality and thinking this way is the only way. In modern society, we learn to behave like this, not knowing any better. It’s our culture. We act and think as we do. But suppose you could get a glimpse at the sunlight coming outside the cave? And suppose you then suddenly realize there’s more than only the rational domain. You see there is a spiritual domain also. Well, that happened to me. Since that time, I can see there are two domains. Each has it’s own specific added value. They cannot exist without eachother. And they can amplify eachother if we would allow it. I have allowed it for myself. It has made me much stronger. Since that time I can better rationalize cases that need rational decisions. I am also getting better in making spiritual decisions when necessary. And I am now learning how to balance the two decision domains. A very nice experience I like to share.
Fear of inconsistent behavior is a quite common phenomenon. You can experience it everywhere. And it is often blocking or frustrating us. But why is that? I think it’s because demonstrating inconsistent behavior is generally “not done!” It’s socially unacceptable. It’s a taboo. And because of that it drives our behaviour in a certain direction. We sometimes rather make stupid decisions and then later on hide that fact by showing “consistent” behavior. For example: “The decision I made last year still stands and I am in no way going to change that, even if I now know there are much better alternatives”. But wouldn’t we make things a lot easier for ourselves and our environment, if there was somehow a kind of culture that allows us to demonstrate (a little bit) inconsistent behavior? A culture that allows us to make learning mistakes? And no longer consider a learning mistake as a taboo? I think it can be made possible. And it doesn’t cost a thing. We only need to accept a new mindset that helpes us promote what I call the Love for Progressive Insight. That allows us to be a learning society. And that accepts that our society is getting so complex that no single soul can make the sometimes very complicated decisions (s)he can stand up to. So it’s time to allow for more learning mistakes. Time to stimulate the culture towards progressive insight. Time to forget pointing fingers at inconsistent behavior. What is your opinion, could this approach work?