Paradigm- The Oxford English Dictionary defines the basic meaning of the term paradigm as “a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model”. The historian of science Thomas Kuhn gave it its contemporary meaning when he adopted the word to refer to the set of practices that define a scientific discipline at any particular period of time. In his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Kuhn defines a scientific paradigm as: “universally recognized scientific achievements that, for a time, provide model problems and solutions for a community of practitioners,~ Wikipedia
The late Steven R. Covey once wrote a book entitled “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. In it he introduced us to the concept and need for Paradigm (Our paradigm is the way we assume things are. It is what we believe is truth based on or backgrounds, teachings, environmental influences and our experiences.) Shift by telling the story of his experience in a subway when a father came onto the platform where he was sitting with his two young boys who were misbehaving. Covey, who was trying to concentrate on an article he was writing, became annoyed at the father who just sat there expressionless doing nothing. When he asked the father to please do something about his son’s behavior, the man looked at Covey and said, “We just came from the hospital where their mother has died. They didn’t know how to react and I don’t either.”
It seems I ruffled a feather or two with my DeMintia piece the other day. In making my point on the “Fairy Tale” nature of Senator Jim DeMint’s response to Putin’s NYT op-ed, it seems I exposed opposing paradigms that must be understood if we are to save our country. If what I just said sounds overly dramatic to you then you and I are operating from two very distinctly different sets of paradigms…which is all well and good UNLESS we are seeking any level of relationship with one another…which might be as writer and reader, parent and child, husband and wife, master and slave or freedom-fighter and freedom-fighter!
In the exact same way the relationship between Covey and the Father shifted instantly and powerfully on that subway platform, a titanic Paradigm Shift will occur with us because it has to…in order for us to come together. And this will most like never happen as long as you are experiencing an abundance of the very freedoms I am fighting to save!
There would be no incentive for you to rally to my cause because I haven’t given you a reason to personally relate to it…yet. You can only roll your eyes and ask me to please get my kids under control. 😉
But how is it that one set of Americans with exactly the same access to news and world reports sees their America so differently from the other set exposed to the exact same stimuli? I believe this is largely a result of our seeing the world we want to see first, and needing to see second.
Our “environmental influences and experiences” determine our wants and needs. If I, as a man who was raised in a very healthy and nurturing environment reach out to help you, the woman raised in a broken home abused by her father, we are more than likely to experience very serious challenges in our relationship…which now brings Trust onto the table doesn’t it?
Finally, I would like to introduce a third party to our discussion on relationships, experiences, wants, needs and trust. I will let you fill in the blank by answering the question, “Who is the biggest stake-holder in our lives?” I will only add to that one more question. “What if they are playing chess while we’re just learning checkers?”
My favorite Liberal couldn’t wait for me to read a speech that Robin Williams had given which someone had posted on her Face Book wall. Supposedly Williams gave this passionate rant on the virtues of our American values while knocking multiculturalism…in essence saying, “America…love her or leave her”! The only problem was…Robin Williams never uttered these words! WOW! Talk about a Paradigm Shift!!! She embraced these values as long as they were held by her favorite fellow Liberal! She is operating in a Left (Liberal) versus Right (Conservative) paradigm while I am in the Right versus Wrong one!
The moral of the story is this. You and I are family. We were meant to be together on this earth. There is a third party who needs to keep us apart in order to reign over us. They do this by controlling the chess board. By maintaining the paradigm of Left versus Right when it is only about Right versus Wrong! In the very same way, they attempt to control in the physical sense what was meant for the eternal. That is until we realize our destiny…our Independence Day! !