Different Facets of Growth

Different Facets of Growth

During my visit to Istanbul and in the Asian part of it last week I noticed the construction of huge high-rise buildings next to some green parks. The growth of a city brought the idea of the different facts of growth in my mind. Fractal growth, vertical growth, horizontal growth, primary growth and secondary growth, chaotic growth and cancerous growth are examples of what I mean. The water that irrigates the fractal trees is so much ordered and produces fractal ice. Water freezes to settle into beautifully shaped hexagons because of the hydrogen bonding that limits the complete freedom of water molecules to move. Paradoxically, it is this limitation that adds beauty and beautiful characteristics to water. Can we learn from water as a reference point the value of collective movement in growing water chains?

Different Facets of Growth

Trees are fractals. Their constituents are fractal. Look at leaves of trees and how they grow so as not to eclipse light from each other. The higher the leaves are, the smaller they are. Again, this provides another example of restricted movement that leads to fairness and distribution of sunlight (and information light as well). Restriction doesn't mean ugliness; in contrast, it means fractal beauty. As the water freezes, loses its heat, molecules vibrate less and so form beautiful geometric patterns. Beauty lies in restricted movement and vibrations.

Trees have parts that grow horizontally such as roots while the rest of the tree mostly grows vertically. There are advantages to both. Trees have resources and they know when to grow vertically or horizontally. Horizontal integration is the act of integrating other infrastructures and assets. This way the roots of tress assist the vertical growth of trees. There is no free movement as the vertical growth limits its healthy potential to the support it gets from the horizontal growth of roots. Trees can venture into new vertical aspects of the business because of the support of the horizontal growth.

Trees teach us more. Vertical growth can be further restricted by turning into secondary growth. Trees primary growth leads to elongation while secondary growth leads to the thickening of roots and the stem. Trees don't forget that vertical growth needs support from strong roots and stems.

Different Facets of Growth

Does the above discussion negate with "rhizome-like" growth? Rhizome is a philosophical term used to describe the relations and connectivity of things. The authors Deleuze and Guattari, have assigned this term โ€œrhizomeโ€ referring to a relation like that of roots. They spread underground with no direction, no beginning, and no end. They are dispersed. It is opposed to the idea of a tree which has a starting point, and from there branches out in a predictable path.ย ย When compared to the relation between things, a rhizome forms assemblages. An assemblage is a gathering and grouping of things. D & G also talk about two planes of interaction. There is the plane of organization where things interact in a vertical form, with hierarchy and in a specific order where if one of its parts is missing, then the whole structure collapses. The second plane would be the plane of consistency. The rhizome takes action in this plane. It is a horizontal alliance with no specific direction where were all multiplicities that make part of it, interact with one another. This thinking invited a new idea to my mind. We need to spot when growth should divert from primary growth to a secondary one and how it would be possible to do that. The idea of using the concept of chirped mirror occurred to me. A chirped mirror is made to reflect a wider range of light frequencies. This is done by creating layers with different depths. There may be 10 layers with a depth designed to reflect a certain wavelength of light, another 10 layers with slightly greater depth to reflect a slightly longer wavelength of light, and so on for the entire range of wavelengths of light the mirror is designed to reflect. Because light reflected from the deeper layers of the mirror travels a longer distance than the light that reflects off the surface layers, a chirped mirror can be designed to change the relative times of wavefronts of different wavelength reflecting from it. Do we need to introduce the concept of chirped mirror so as to limit the rhizome type of thinking? I believe so. Can we then "play" with the spacetime of growth?

Devesh Bhatt commented on one of my buzzes by writing "multiple points of inception and paths , superimposing our thought patterns on another, the self similarity gets mutated . I remember that you had introduced me to the word fractal thinking as a comment to one of my articles, then I saw Milos Djukic use the term fractals forever. I believe patterns reflect balance which has more to do with sustenance rather than efficiency, the scale of our life cycle is too small and we see the repetition as being efficient because it's unchanging in our time. But for the universe it's ever changing and ever evolving and the patterns are multilayered where man has just begun to comprehend the beauty with a few discoveries. I believe, every single human being possessing an honest approach to thinking and learning in this sense is fractal. The beauty about thinking, its intangible with infinite possibilities...hence infinite fractalsย shows less". I wonder if this buzz provided any response to this great comment of Devesh.


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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
" I wish this was more prevalent in humans, however, we seem to put tangibles above intangibles thus creating a false sense of neediness"- I love this quote from your comment Franci Eugenia Hoffman/ It is deep, and coming a little bit late is rewarding and is worthy. I am sure your comment shall attract more comments.

Franci ๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Noting that I am a bit late in appreciating this post, I find both the article and the comments well worth my find. Trees are amazing in displaying their majestic dignity. They continue to grow unless there is an unexpected catastrophic event. Even so, they have the ability to make a comeback. I wish this was more prevalent in humans, however, we seem to put tangibles above intangibles thus creating a false sense of neediness. The need for "keep up with Joneses" has created a greedy society and with the decline in jobs, we're grasping for solutions. It seems we can't see the forest for the trees because our approach is a one-way street. I am not one to listen or read the news. I would rather sit on my back porch, sip my coffee and appreciate the trees. We shouldn't fret about what we can't control and to be honest, I am not very successful with this. So, like Deb Helfrich, I live in a vacuum when it comes to the news media. I agree with Irene Hackett that the pendulum has swung too wide and I believe it will take time and patience to experience a true sense of balance in our lives.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Yes and spot on you are Deb Helfrich

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Yes, Irene Hackett and the shrinking of time is pressing time on other activities such as training . Unfortunately, the activities that strengthen the future are the first ones to be eaten-up.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #19

#26
If the Industrialized Revolution influenced education and healthcare in becoming factories of mass production, then agreed Irene Hackett, speed is now the determining factor of decision making. As you say, "It may be that the very 'foundation' of some of today's Corporate structures are built to be "short sited". "Time is money" is probably the marriage of these two eras; industry and speed.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
This is great thinking and a worthy idea dear Irene Hackett. Th fastness of change don't give enough time gelly ideas to solidify. Te fears of nw competition, substitute products and technology are among the reasons. However; people need some to familiarize themselves and adopt a new technology. What would happen if a new product is substituted before due time? Are these negative emotions build up?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I am happy that we are on the same front as I don't watch news media. In fact, there is a post on this issue on LI and I was invited to comment. I am glad that we are reinforcing the foundations while growing on the land of beBee

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
I wonder if you are hinting in any way to the Soros leaked emails affair Deb Helfrich. I was n't even aware of this issue when I wrote the buzz. But I am fully aware and in agreement with your conclusion- it is time to go back to organic growth and I see no alternative.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

You whitened my day with your delightful comment dear friend John White, MBA

John White, MBA

John White, MBA

4 years ago #14

Thank you, Ali Anani, for sharing this wonderful journey.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
I love symbiotic relationship. each party is enriched and strengthened by the other. This is how I view my relationship with you dear sister Irene Hackett. You are the nectar and I am the bee- only together we may produce honey. So, did I miss you and all my friends here? In fact I had no choice but to miss you.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #12

#15
#16 always appreciate and excited about our exchanges Ali Anani. Looking forward to the upcoming work!

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Yo highlighted superbly the points of the buzz dear Sara Jacobovici brilliantly. Your writing "In this way, we need to stay โ€œon courseโ€ and focused; not forget what we are trying to achieve". This is my gem for the day.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Dear Sara Jacobovici and other great minds. Your comment simply reads my mind. I shall leak the idea of my next buzz to prove how we don't work in isolation. I have outlined in my mind before reading your valuable comment the main ideas of my next buzz. The title (which may change) is Trees Don't Move", but i spite of this simple facts they developed great strategies to deal with this issue. Free movement such as molecules of gazes may go chaotic. Freezing movement might turn us "motionless", except for localized vibrations. We freeze because of fear, but trees have solutions. Reading your comment adds tremendously to my thinking. Trees don't move, but make moving bodies work for them. Restriction of movement serves many noble purposes. I am thriving and encouraged by your reflections dear Sara and I see the whole spectrum for your layered comments and qualifiers serve in illuminating our minds.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #9

Part 2/2 As someone who refers to herself as an integrator, I welcome your statement, โ€œโ€ฆthe act of integrating other infrastructures and assets.โ€ Another aspect of not working in isolation (whether itโ€™s people or methods) is not compartmentalizing and separating. If we see each tree as a unit separate from the others, we can never appreciate or understand the workings of the forest. Finally, โ€œTrees don't forget that vertical growth needs support from strong roots and stems.โ€ Trees/nature โ€œknowsโ€ what to do and is focused on doing it. It doesnโ€™t get distracted and โ€œforgetโ€. In this way, we need to stay โ€œon courseโ€ and focused; not forget what we are trying to achieve.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #8

Part 1/2 Ali Anani, you have created many layers with many different depths and your light reflects up to the surface from that depth. No doubt about it. You reign supremely in your ability to incorporate the โ€œlaws of natureโ€ and apply them wisely to our human needs in growing our businesses. I cannot begin to address all those layers. I will touch briefly on a few that stand out for me at this time. You write, โ€œโ€ฆthe value of collective movement in growing.โ€ This should be in every mission statement, business plan and vision of all businesses. We wonder why we get stuck after all the movement we invested in, only not to realize that the movement was taking place in isolation. Things become interesting when you write, โ€œRestriction doesn't mean uglinessโ€ฆโ€ Agreed. We often give a negative connotation to something โ€œless thanโ€. Whereas restriction, in this case, relates to โ€œwhat is neededโ€. In this way, if we look at needs first, then we can properly measure degree of movement. The interesting piece is when you continue and write, โ€œBeauty lies in restricted movement and vibrations.โ€ Here you add a qualifier to your statement above about movement; not just collective, but measured as well. Doing it alone and in a โ€œbigโ€ way does not equal success. The interesting part continues when you look at the word โ€œvibrationsโ€. Could the vibrations be a way of assessing the growth; what type of vibrations occurred and how they โ€œmovedโ€ across the environment in terms of impact and outcome, quality and quantity?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Thank you dear debasish majumder for your unlimited support and understanding. Yes, social structure can be supportive or discouraging, the least to say, to the healthy growth of any society. We need to compromise as individuals to gain and build functionally beautiful and working social structures. Only me attitude can be very destructive.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
"so man-made objects like windows that act as mirror reflections of trees and environment pose a fundamental responsibility to the ecology". Very true and many primitive ideas may have unforeseen ill-effects on the ecology. In thermodynamics, we say you don't get anything for nothing. I wonder CityVP Manjit if ideal ideas are there; however, we should try to be as resilient as tree.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #5

#6
There is also window collisions of birds http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/attracting/challenges/window_collisions so man-made objects like windows that act as mirror reflections of trees and environment pose a fundamental responsibility to the ecology. This means that together with how we shape ideas, we also draw in that ideas have consequences for the entire system, and not just what it is we alone invest and innovate. Ideas that are conscience as well as value to move us from our present formulations of primitive innovation to sophisticated innovation. Sophisticated innovation takes account of the Wisdom of Trees www.npr.org/2011/12/26/144127874/the-wisdom-of-trees-leonardo-da-vinci-knew-it to factor in this resilience.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
And elegance we know as simplicity. Within simplicity there is limitation. I call this the "Irene Hackett Philosophy". You are incredible my sister with your eloquence.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
" is that when the person wants to watch HD television, they turn it on, but in the off state, the television becomes a mirror"- great example from you dear CityVP Manjit. I paused while reading your sound comment. I plan to write a buzz on similar thinking lines, but from examples from nature. You might know that a bee sees an object faster as it gets closer to the bee, and this is the basis for a bee to adjust its flight. However, some fish run into their objects which may increase the chances of collision. The secret why fish do that is still a mystery, but one justification is that fish in water have the burden of not seeing clearly if they move away from an object and they find it less risky to run into objects rather than away from them. Do we run into thoughts or away from them? The medium has a role to play- in air away from and in water into them. I am going to turn on the HD Television hoping to find an answer.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
This is exactly what I find very interesting in your comments dear sister Irene Hackett. The beauty of the comments (tree), the beauty of the words (leaves) and the beauty of even your buds (letters). Keep your beautiful fractal self.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #1

The chirped mirror took me towards sophistication rather than limitation. The chirped dielectric mirror is an application useful for laser optics. The well-spring of thinking is not predicated on laser focus, but naturally disperses as rhizome, unless there is focus to it and that an either be academic or entrepreneurial focus - but it is focus. To illustrate why I see sophistication here rather than limitation, think of the number of people who would think of installing a hidden television. The idea behind a hidden television is that when the person wants to watch HD television, they turn it on, but in the off state, the television becomes a mirror e.g. http://www.hiddentelevision.com/bedroomfaq.htm That represents a desire for sophistication, and in the subset of sophistication there indeed exists the powerful purpose of limitation. If anything I am utilizing the online space in a rhizomatic learning journey, for I have no desire to build a tree of knowledge on the web - for I see that the entire course of human history has already done that. With all this rich resource already within our access, where we assume digital access to be the norm, the rhizome of learning encounters either randomness or sophistication. Think how our mind attains sophistication even though the neural network in our head acts like a rhizome. Neural pathways grow in response to either sophistication or the conditioning of structure. In the former we have imagination that if we let loose creates sophisticated emergence - then we address this as fractals, but structured we can become planks of wood i.e. dead trees. We know from a prior buzz about breathing ground that weak roots blowing in the wind make the ground around a tree move, so there are flaws, as well as perfection in nature - is our thought sophisticated enough to enhance the process of limitation?

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