New Metaphors for Lifestyles
Ideas have springs and jump from one mind to another. The ideas spring work as and springs back to the mind of its originator where the spring picks another idea. Ideas too are playing tennis in the minds of the two players, namely @Zacharias Voulgaris and I.
I wrote a message to Zacharias, which triggered him to publish his post “What If the Solution Is More Dangerous than the Problem Itself? The post states “Recently an article came out that my friend Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee brought to my attention. It was about hiding one's IP through some special software so that you are safe from hackers. As this is akin to what I have expertise in, namely computers and information systems, I could see through this as something unnecessary at best and hazardous at worst. The reason, which Ali made very clear, is this: what if the creator of this software is a hacker himself? How would you know?
I commented on this post “I want to emphasize here a fact that passes the attention of most of us. Your post brings this issue to my mind. Systems largely cause their own behavior.
This has been elaborated by a simple, but very effective example to show that accelerating consequences "Anytime new actions are taken more quickly than the consequences of one’s previous actions are fully taken into account, a complex system becomes prone to disruptive oscillations. As long as those consequences are slow to arrive, speeding up the response to new data doesn’t help, but instead actually increases the severity of the swings"
your post provides a perfect example of what I mean. Even the title of the post is good enough to reflect on what I mean "What If the Solution Is More Dangerous than the Problem Itself? The actions are terrible for we have acted very fast without understanding the consequences of our past efforts.”
The tennis game of ideas continued for after writing this comment I thought of past memories and experiences and how they affect our future.
I visualized time as a tennis court representing the present time, the players are the past and future times and the tennis ball as the memories that we have. If the past is an excellent player then it shall beat the future and vice versa is true.This metaphor led me to think of another metaphor that is the present time is a barrel. The inflows are the memories and experiences that fill the barrel. The outflows are what kind if future we expect us to have- whether frightful or delightful
If we keep thinking of the sour past and its acid-like experiences than we slow our lives down. They become the pebbles that eventually block the flow in and we become dislodged from the wisdom of the past. We may even create holes in our barrel of the present time. If we only think of delightful memories and overfill the barrel with false expectations for the future.
Between these extremes there is a balance. In the reference I quoted in my comment above to Zacharias I found an interesting analogy for the inflow/outflow of cars from manufacturers to a car dealer. It is a very simple, but powerful, example of how systems may go out of balance because of the properties of such a simple system. The inflow of cars, the outflow of cars (daily average sales) and delivery of cars in days are shown in the image references with added box of notation.
Just a quick inspection of the delivery increasing to 5 days (the box I marked with a red ring) results in completely unexpected pattern of inflow-outflow
Our lives are analogous. Just instead of cars we fill the store of the average days back in the past that we may look at. If we focus on the gloomy experiences for the last few weeks then we make the prediction of the future confused. We make even look like the two tennis players who are playing with many tennis balls simultaneously not knowing which one to hit and which direction it shall go.
Let the tennis game of life be enjoyable.
I dedicate this post to dear Jumana Anani for being a source of constant support and understanding for me.
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