Saturday, 17 January 2009

Mundane approaches and paradigm shifts in societies

In the post "Paradigm Shift: Changing the Human Experience", of the Rain City Guide website, in Comment 66 from ARDELL it mentions

"For the most part, tipping points do come from the mundane approach, as it takes masses of people to shift, in order for the behavior to “tip” in a new direction."

There is something, the word profound comes into my mind, hidden in this excerpt. I would feed it in my chaotic mind and see what it will come up with.

Talking about paradigm shifts, in social norms, modes of behaviour, ways of dealing with stuff. The problems individuals face in life. Problems that seek a solution. In seek for solutions.

Certainly, a solution, an alternative way to deal with problems, might already be there. It exists. It has been discovered. But to no avail.


Why it sticks into my mind? There should be something there. Mundane, as something that is already there, and it is repeated on and on. Routines that have been adopted and followed, even faithfully for that matter. It hardly provides any room for change. It is not a fertile ground for changes. Certainly, does not excite individuals involved, that are participating in such an approach, as they undertake the tasks involved. I would even say that the individuals are trapped, within narrow boundaries. Limiting in a manner, their expression.

Still, 'mundane' is powerful as by itself, in right or wrong ways, is what holds societies compact. All the processes involved, adhered steadfastly by individuals, give the necessary momentum, provide the 'body' that despite where the processes lead to, to useful or useless goals or something in between, nevertheless build solid structures.

Solid structures, the necessary fiber, the glue that holds societies intact as the time goes by. Mundane processes incorporating the dynamics necessary to preserve continuity through time.

And the 'tipping points', changes introduced while maintaining the structures, the 'body' being kept intact, need to be adopted individually out of informed approaches, countless acts of assessing, weighing, trying, testing and re-testing
as 'it takes masses of people to shift', so the final(?) 'tip' would come, I would say, effortlessly, as if by itself, without major upheavals

Revolution at the level of the single individual, small 'revolutions' introduced within the wider context of societies, the essence of chaos. The minute changes in an individual effects changes on the initial conditions of the systems 'societies', and by sensitive dependence 'tips' societal behaviour in a new direction.

Today's societies enormous. Minute changes. The change adopted at the level of a single individual 'tips' the behaviour of society in a new direction

The paradigm shift effected.

Up to the point that everything that what was held steadfastly in the past is abandoned, forgotten and thrown overboard,

The society never looks back.

How a change in the single individual takes place? In the same way that it takes place in the context of the system society. The individual with its very own initial conditions assessed, effects the small changes, and by sensitive dependence is carried through at the level of its overall behaviour, broadly based on chaos self-similarity principle.

What represents its behaviour, a net daunting in its complexity on its own merit, within the system, the very own individual is. And the individual, a fundamental sub-system of the system society, the foundations of any system or several systems that all together make up the system society. Each system that exists, with its very own set of mundane procedures. But, as well with its initial conditions, the sensitive dependence and chaos.


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