Opposites Aren’t Equal

Opposites Aren’t Equal

I was pondering on opposites and if they are equal, but with different signs. There are many examples of opposites that seem mirror images of each other yet; they aren’t equal.If we do forced-field analysis of them we shall discover their inequality.

Fast growth and slow growth. The opposite of fast is slow and yet their effects are widely different. Other examples include fast releasing and slow releasing fertilizers, fast-growing and slow-growing trees and polymers, fast driving and slow driving, winds that change directions fast and slowly-changing direction winds, fast-learning versus slow-learning and even what we call fast food.

Let me show by example of the fast growth and slow growth and review their shapes. When I publish a post on beBee I share simultaneously it on LinkedIn. I have noticed invariably over the last year that the number of views on LinkedIn starts growing fast.In fact they can exceed one thousand views in the first day. Contrary to this is number of views on beBee. The views seem to drag their feet and if I reach 400-500 views in the first day this would be on the high scale. However; after few days the number of views on beBee consistently surpasses those numbers on LinkedIn.

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Like any growth fast growth has its benefits and costs and so is the case with slow growth. It seems to be true that what comes fast goes fast. Trees that grow slowly develop deep and strong roots and so they can stand the test of time better than fast-growing trees. Relationships that grow fast decay while those that grow slowly develop strong roots to stay firm.

Slow-growth gives us the opportunity to pause and think and be aware of changes. Like we experience with fast-growing populations and their consequences we experience the same wit populating our minds with fast learning till we lose the capacity to keep hold of what we know. It soon shall bifurcate and branch out again and again till we find ourselves in chaos. Like collecting wealth fast it soon shall evaporate because the wealth has no roots to withstand the fast changes in life.

We know that a small change in the wind direction may result in big changes. This is true with us for the complexity of life makes us more exposed to the butterfly effect where small changes may cause big and unpredictable changes in our lives.

I prefer the profile of views on beBee because I feel my posts shall last longer.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
I remember your excellent post and I hope your comment would stir the honey pot.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
CityVP Manjit- I don't claim I am a knowledgeable person on Alzheimer and what I wrote is just an observation of few people who suffer this illness. Our minds are fractal and fractals form patterns. SO, it is interesting to read your "is the challenge of not knowing how the brain handles memory, because there is not a pattern of storage that one day will enable us to download human memory". This is a surprising finding for me and it is quite challenging.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

1 year ago #35

I think we have to be careful with the linkage between Alzheimer and memory. While science does not know how Alzheimer's extinguishes memory, it is beginning to see a linkage between plaque build up in the brain and Alzheimer's https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-00761-0 and here the relationship cited is not memory decline but effects linked to our immune system. Just as the immune system is central in diseases like multiple sclerosis, where the immune system starts to attack healthy parts of our body. So science has began to notice this relationship but have not figured out how to stop plaque build up, or know the exact way our immune system changes from friend to foe. What I liked about the Aeon article "The Empty Brain" linked in #34 is the challenge of not knowing how the brain handles memory, because there is not a pattern of storage that one day will enable us to download human memory. What the article does show is that how we take on meaning and association is different for everybody. We do not possess a single version of the truth when reality is concerned. Where memory actually goes is an intriguing mystery, but what we do know is how we lose memory stored only in short-term memory. As we learn to view our brain as essentially empty and also how the mother of repetition allows us to update what we remember, that much is within our sphere of action.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Reading your thorough comment reminds me of people who have Alzheimer- they remember very old memories, but not short-term ones. Is this related to your eloquent explanation of long-term memories and strengthening it? I like your summary last paragraph, in which you wrote "the inequality in our short-term memory can help us listen better and the inequality in our long-term memory can help us recall and learn better". This is combination also of learning and listening and the need to listen to learn. This is a worthy idea that needs further studying and elaborating upon. There is so much to learn and think about in your comment and I am surely going to digest it at more depth.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

1 year ago #33

From practical experience I have found that fast learning is not learning, it is consumption and as fast as we consume this learning, the quicker it dissipates. Our brain's natural declutter system is our short-term memory. Developing the patience for slow learning yields the important bridge between transfering memory from short to long-term memory. Memory itself may live by replicating a learned pattern and even in long-term memory, if we do not replenish our memory - we develop false memories. If we journal our memories and then lose that journal, on finding it we may read the actuality of a memory, and then realize that what we thought we remembered has changed in the process of memory. How the brain stores memory is not known but it certainly does not work like a computer. In an Aeon article about the use of metaphor to explain memory, the article challenges our application of metaphors as meaningless https://aeon.co/essays/your-brain-does-not-process-information-and-it-is-not-a-computer The summation of the Aeon article by Robert Epstein suggests that our learning is unique to our own brain. Yet there is a clear distinction between short-term memory and long-term memory. The effects of this learning according to Epstein are entirely unique - so no download of memories is possible even though science fiction loves the idea. This then would mean that we do not maximize on equality but can learn to maximize our long-term memory's inequality. Whereas inequality in the material world creates a power law that creates a small group of rich and a long tail of less well off people, the inequality in our short-term memory can help us listen better and the inequality in our long-term memory can help us recall and learn better. In the way we learn and the opposites of short and long term memory, we have an example that opposites are not equal.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #32

#32
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thank you Ali for sharing "The Covering" Truly you exemplify being an "Ambassador" In each comment you find the "pearl" God is the Master-Weaver ... and I do not cease to give thanks that He wove the threads of the bees called "me" & "thee"

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Fay Vietmeier What a great poem that you wrote. I commented and shared it PROUDLY. Yes, willingness is the way to change. You highlight a great point by stating that we need a supernatural spiritual power to change our hearts and make us travel a different trajectory.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #30

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Oh my dearest Professor … what a rich insight: β€œPeople don't hate change, but hate to be forced to change. It has to come from within… About this a book could be written. How complex is the human heart & the human spirit Willingness is a great determiner of destiny ;~) Will I will or will I won’t? Often I consider the spiritual lessons learned as a mom … when my son would resist or rebel ... was not willing to obey This is the condition of humanity In our "natural" human state ... we resist God ... we are rebellious That is why something supernatural has to change our heart I often think about these words that Jesus spoke to the reviling rebellious religious β€œJerusalem, Jerusalem … how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings … but you were not willing.” FYI: just published https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/the-covering

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Fay Vietmeier= we talk about change management, but not quite often about the management of change of our hearts and minds. I believe you are dear Fay the person to write on this topic. We tend to resist change if not even reject it. So, your experience shall help many of your readers understand how to surmount their resistance to be better people. People don't hate change, but hate to be forced to change. It has to come from within and that is exactly what you say in your comment.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #28

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee In my journey I have found the treasure of β€œWisdom” … God is so gracious that all we have to do to gain wisdom is ask ;~) Wisdom, like growth requires time, good soil in the heart, LIGHT … desire & nurture And both wisdom & growth are strengthened by the winds of adversity You made another good point … there is rich truth here: β€œsmall changes may cause big and unpredictable changes in our lives” In my post on Pits, Prisons & Palaces: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/pits-prisons-palaces-promises-to-lay-hold-of β€œThis may sound simplistic … but when I changed my heart and renewed my mind … my life changed A change of heart: what I loved … what I valued A renewing of mind: reordering my priorities … changing my focus”

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Yes, Kevin Baker and especially if there is water barrier to cross.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
DearFay Vietmeier- your wisdom prevails. Your quote of β€œwisdom is not hasty” is superb. You remind me of slow=growing trees that produce more coherent timber than the fast-growing ones. Apparently, the timber of our minds and thinking also produces better timber if allowed to sleep on our thoughts before rushing them. So, no wonder that you produce excellent posts from your long-waiting famous "drafts" because your posts are coherent.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for commenting on and sharing the post. You asked a smart question "Plus, don't you feel if something has been around for awhile, there's a reason?". People tend to own things whether tangible or intangible such as beliefs and assumptions if they stay with them for long times and don't like to eel mistaken if such beliefs and assumptions are proven wrong. Fads are examples also. There is the group effect and people like to follow the prevailing trends. It takes a man like Copernicus to disprove them, but also look for the reaction of people to such discoveries. In our age where things could go viral such group effect may magnify and we have to "slow" down to make sure that we aren't followings fads.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #24

#23
The mirrors of our minds are continually reflecting my dearest Professor Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I’ll share that in my famous pile of β€œdrafts” are two articles about opposites (although not even touching on your good thoughts here) I’m jumping in a bit late … I like what you say here: β€œSlow-growth gives us the opportunity to pause and think and be aware of changes” In a spiritual sense fast growth is not fruitful Just as β€œwisdom is not hasty” … In a spiritual sense fast growth is not fruitful Miracle-gro does not produce deep roots … but time ... good soil, LIGHT ... nurture & the winds of adversity do My dad loved Albert Einstein … I remember something I read in a biography on Einstein that I bought for my dad many years ago. The essence was that Einstein did not believe in cluttering his mind with facts that could be referenced elsewhere … his focus was on LEARNING β€˜It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.’ –Albert Einstein

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I agree with what grows fast goes fast. Seems slower growth can be deep rooted and more stable. Stability and quality is more memorable and sticks around longer. Plus, don't you feel if something has been around for awhile, there's a reason?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
I do too

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

1 year ago #21

#20
Ah ha! Methinks I smell a greedy algorithm.....

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Funny enough all my posts lost the two or three thousand number. For example, one post which had 2444 views reads now 444 views. The merit of numbers is highly questioned.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Great question dearLisa Vanderburg- no, comments on LI stay there and don't count on beBee. This is unfortunate as some of the comments on LI are great. What I do in this case is copy very selective comments and paste them as a comment on beBee so that they may get more noticed.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

1 year ago #18

#17
Huh. Curious... Then if readers comment on a post you've put on LI, their comment stays on LI even though it originated from BB? And vice versa, assumably? I know that this comment won't show up on your LI feed; I'd need to post my comment there, no?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
This is a question that only Javier \ud83d\udc1d CR can answer. There is anomaly that I can't understand. How come views on LI exceed those on beBee> Readers of the post on LI must be directed to beBee to read the post and so I expect the number of views to be higher on beBee. Is there a time lag? These are technical questions that I fail to answer.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

1 year ago #16

#15
After reading Robert Cormack?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
As for today this post has 200+ views versus 480 views on LinkedIn. Normally, the gap is much wider. The opposite in publishing on LI first saw much less views on Li than sharing the published post on beBee first. Yes, opposites aren't equal.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
I did it twice and the reverse isn't exactly true.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

1 year ago #13

What happens if you were to reverse the format: post of LI & share to BB? Do you think the results would be the same...theoretically? As an unguided missile, I'm rather drawn to chaos :) #12

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
I want to add that for those readers who are familiar with the adaptive cycle loop it has one slow cycle and is followed by a rapid cycle that leads to chaos and the need for self-organization into new structure. Chaos doesn't follow the slow cycle and always follow the fast one.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
No question we need to stop and smell the flowers. WE have ample examples of fast growth leading to chaos, confusion and fire-back effects. Even in societies that grow their wealth rapidly proceed to a conversation phase after which the release of resources happens abruptly leading to self-reorganization of the society.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #10

I would state in a less mythical concept that fast completes the task but may not impart the wisdom needed for the next leg of the journey. Creating a poor foundation for the chaos that is always dawning our doorstep. Slow or focused approaches give us time to savor the learning and generalize concepts. Enabling wisdom to be gathered for the next dawn.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
I am overtaken and overwhelmed by your comment for it read my mind and uncovered my purpose of publishing this post dear Harvey Lloyd. Yes, and if we take the opposites as the two mirrors that produce fractal light and so is the case here. You nailed it down thoroughly in your comment. If the opposites were far away from each other or don't "talk"to each other we end up with a system of two separated mirrors. Once they get close enough to reflect on each other then the image will keep plotting on its previous image and upon the repetition of these reflections a fractal emerges.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #8

Your previous post and comments in conjunction with this one, specifically your drawing, demonstrates that chaos may have a mirror effect in action. In order to maintain the fractal there are always two reactions to each action. Meaning that a fast action has both negative and positive results that maintain the fractal dimensions we see emerging, the slow has its opposites also. The two opposites are mirrors reflecting off each other. Your drawing. If we establish that the fractal/chaos is always present and symmetrical. Then we could also posit that with each slow action somewhere a fast action is happening to counter the reflection. My thinking here may be outside the logical plain, but one has to admit that the fractal perfection that exists over time is quite amazing and forces are at play. You have been hammering all around the concept.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Yes, and it is the timing and synchronization between the two.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

1 year ago #6

Let’s take moderate pathways for best answers, analyses and appreciations.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Without strong roots fast wind may harm the tree. Yes, going fast isn't always safe.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #4

Velocity has always been associated with success I would say not necessarily....

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Right you are dear Debasish Majumder. That is why I used only long-standing realities and observations as examples.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #2

i guess wealth do has root which may enable to reflect, accelerating to due course of change! we may sometimes unable to realize the matter which always appear in changed form since time immemorial and even wealth too changed its form and expression. however, lovely insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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