On Thinking: Restructuring Patterns

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“Capitalism is evil.”

“One of the most important aspects of Thinking is restructuring patterns.”

“What do you mean?”

“A word is a linguistic label. That label points to something other than itself. That something is a mental model.

When you encounter a word you don’t know, for you that word doesn’t point to anything. Let’s say you ask someone what a word means, and they tell you their interpretation of it. That becomes your initial model. That’s what the word points to for you now. Unless you subsequently refine the model, it will remain frozen in its current state.

I call this kind of model, a meaning-model.

Different people can have different meaning-models of the same word.

Represented visually as networks, they can form vastly different patterns.

On one level, what a word points to – the meaning-model – is a pattern. Restructuring patterns in this case means being open to revising your meaning-models.

Every word has a history. This means, at some point, the word ‘capitalism’ did not exist. Someone created it based on their own personal interpretation, which was rooted in their historical and social context and their own subjective model of reality.

Once created and widely accepted, words create their own reality, and skew you towards a certain interpretation of reality.”

“Are you saying capitalism does not exist?”

“Capitalism is a fiction, a construct. A frozen linguistic pattern.

On another level, the word itself is a pattern. Restructuring patterns in this case means letting go of fossilized patterns and creating more useful ones.

I think the only useful discussion about capitalism is one that starts with each person describing their own model of it.”

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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