Friday, March 24, 2017
Maybe I'm Nuts!
I have recently wondered if I'm a bit off my rocker.
Either everyone else is missing something HUGE, or I'm the one that's living in an unreal world.
The subject of my wondering is "why do things go wrong." I'm not sure anyone else wonders about this -- seriously wonders.
Why, in our earthly existence, do things go wrong?
I'm increasing convinced that things go wrong TO CHANGE PEOPLE.
I can think of no other reason why our existence should include "things that go wrong" other than to change the way we think about ourselves, our fellow human beings, our surroundings, and our relationship to our Creator.
If this is true, then what we call "problem solving" might have become one of the most dangerous enterprises of humanity.
Think about it. We get an idea. We map out our plan to achieve it. We set the plan in motion. We encounter a problem. We set out to understand the problem and then eliminate it. And on, and on, and on. This is the world we live in.
Almost all of my "root cause analysis" competitors make a living by promising to help organizations "solve their problems." The result is more and more, faster and faster -- the merry-go-round of life, a whirling, dizzying phenomena that we have all been born into.
Isn't there something PROFOUNDLY MISSING in our "problem-solving-focus?" Isn't ANYONE willing to wonder about the deeper truths of our problems?
Where, in our "root cause analysis," or "problem-solving efforts" does anyone wonder "is this a valid idea?" "Is this problem trying to tell us something about ourselves?" "What is it about the way we are that contributed to this problem?" More importantly, "what is it about the way I am is apparent in this dilemma?"
Our present focus on problem-solving is like a glutton who is focused on eating. It'll eventually kill the glutton.
If the glutton would only realize that A MORE LOFTY FOCUS (let's say a focus on health) would certainly bring him food, but in the right dosage and types. It would also include exercise and general moderation.
Shouldn't we have a more lofty goal when things go wrong -- a higher-level goal than MERELY PROBLEM SOLVING?
Shouldn't that more lofty goal be "to CHANGE PEOPLE?"
After all, when people change, everything else changes.
Please let me know why you might disagree, or agree. I'd love to hear your thoughts.