We suffer from binary blindness. Our languages need more analog words. Why? Because they seem to contain a lot of words that emphasize duality or polarity (binary profile) and vastly fewer words that emphasize unity or singularity (analog profile). This could be one of the reasons that we have so much trouble transforming our world into a really better one. We just simply lack words to express what we deep inside really want: a beautiful loving caring world with abundance, joy and happiness for every living creature. But because we lack the analog words to express what we deeply inside already know, we have to fall back on the more extreme polarized words we have become accustomed to use.
We are used to use these duality related words (for example bad/good, lose/win, them/us, misery/joy, sickness/health, loss/profit etc.). We have a lot of them! But we still lack language to emphasize the unity that binds these extremities. There are more ‘separating’ than ‘binding’ words. For example a certain situation or aspect or thing might be neither bad or good but something in between. The binary extremeties are ‘good’ and ‘bad’. The analog unity could in this case be ‘oke’. But we usually don’t have good words to describe the in-between status. Another example is the binary extremity of words like loose versus win. This emphasizes that there can be only winners or losers and anything in between is less desirable. The analog unity could again be the word ‘oke’, because it emphasizes that it’s oke to sometimes win and sometimes lose. Yet another example is poverty vs abudance. The in-between word could be simply ‘enough’. So the primary deficit of our language is that it’s too binary oriented, emphasizing extremeties and usually driving people to focus on those instead of on the balance between the extremities.
Now what would happen if our language would contain increasingly more words that could express the unity between polarized extremes? A kind of ‘neutral’ in between words that allow both the known extremes to exist but better balance the more desired in-between status we would like to emphasize? Words that are more analog oriented than binary oriented? Maybe we just need to develop this new kind of ‘analog’ language on top of the already existing ‘binary’ emphasized parts of our language. And who knows, what would happen if this new language became so ingrained that it would actually help transforming the world? Because finally we will learn to see that duality is in fact nothing more than an illusion we have invented ourselves, waiting to be discovered.
We live in a transitioning world. Slowly but surely we leave the era of duality (you versus me, them against us, dark vs light, luxury vs poverty, greed vs charity, better vs worse etc.). We are moving into the new era of singularity, where oneness becomes increasingly more important than dualism. But this is not an easy road. We have to learn to let go of certain things, themes, strategies, dogmas, cultures etc. from the past. And learn to embrace new, often counter imposing variants of these same themes. The intermediate strategy to transform, if you may call it that, is triality. Triality let’s us see both the old duality and the new singularity as well as all other in-between variants. It allows choice to either stick to duality or embrace singularity. You are the master of your own choice. It’s all up to you, nobody can help you decide. You have to decide for yourself. With triality, we will for example learn to see that no single person is either or bad or good. We will learn to embrace each others corresponding parts instead of focusing on the differences.We will learn to celebrate each others unique parts instead of trying to dominate your own uniqueness at the cost of someone else. We will learn how to distribute power instead of centralizing it. We will learn to see that harmony outperforms separation. We have to learn how to transform from a self-destructing society to a sustainable society. I wish you a pleasant yourney on your own choosen path from duality to singularity. A path so your children will later say: my parents left me a beautiful world.
Original picture source Want to stay plugged-in? Then read this blog. It’s about being plugged-in. Maybe it’s a strange phenomenon. We people (well, at least the most of us), enjoy having a certain degree of freedom. And thus don’t want to be plugged-in (or in other words: tightly coupled) at forehand. We generally like to plug or bind ourselves to something at a time and place that best fits us. And unplug on moments we want te be disconnected. Or unplug on themes we don’t consider worth connecting to. Or only plug on themes we do like. So we want to be unplugged most of the time.
Looking a bit closer, it seems there are basically two dimensions that makes us want to plug or unplug: timing and synergy. If the time is right, and we think plugging-in can benefit us (“what’s in it for me…”) then we like to plug-in. But how does this story fit to to picture in the bottom? I like the simplicity of this picture because it shows at the same time what duality thinking (infrastructure VERSUS innovation) and what singularity thinking (infrastructure AND innovation) are able to create. It’s obvious that singularity thinking combines the best of both worlds and is the most synergetic approach. Where both the infrastructurist and the innovator are co-creating the innovation. Whereas in duality thinking you tend to separate the best of both worlds, giving you more design freedom. The downside is this will make it tougher to land your innovations on a larger scale.
So in the end you might be better of not developing an innovation only from a duality point-of-view. You could benefit from developing with the bigger end-in-mind picture, from a singularity point-of-view. So that your innovation can be plugged at the time and place it is necessary. Preferably on a standardized infrastructure, which maximizes your innovation freedom ánd gives you a larger installed base to design for. So in the end, being plugged or un-plugged is not a question but more a timing aspect. Happy plugging!