Can you see as others see the world?
If you can see as others see the world then you gain a valuable advantage in problem solving.
Can you see the world as this swan may see it?
I attended a lecture at Essex University Colchester last Wednesday on the plight of indigenous indians in Canada, specifically those in Labrador. The Canadian government has embarked on a scheme to disenfranchise the indians of all their land, wipe out all their rights forever, and place them in perpetual bondage. Underlying this horror was what has happened to the indians themselves, a people tainted with mental illness, alcoholism and high suicide rates.
I asked the lecturer why it is that it appears all indigenous people across the globe share this common trait of high levels of abuse, mental illness, suicide and alcoholism. The answer given was that outsiders desired to force their alien world views upon these people destroying their sense of personal identity. For example many of these people see land as a shared resource, the capitalist ideas of land ownership is at odds with their world view. All Native American problem solving is through talking, and everyone has choice, whereas outsiders prefer to impose solutions and intellectualise with clever words.
In my view the answers to the many indigenous people problems is a bottom-up rather than a top-down approach: to walk in their shoes, see with their eyes, think with their minds. Unless one can see from the point of view of the other person, never can there be good solutions to satisfy their needs. Every connection with other people should be contract, where each comes to the table with a benefit to the other, and leave the table the winner. How can any indigenous person leave the table a winner if they are treated with ignorance?
It is apparent to me that my approach to problem solving is at odds with the normal mode of thinking. Take for instance history and archaeology, there is nothing like a good detective mystery to solve. The current historian or archaeologist sits in their ivory towers reading books, intellectualising with theories; rarely do they place themselves in the shoes of those they study, to see with their eyes, to think as they think. Rather than be the spectator I become that which I study, thus I gain valuable insights that the expert could never attain. I gather every scrap of information that exists on the subject of study, and then I become that which I study.
Often these experts approach the subject of study contaminated with their fantasies, opinions and dogma. To see with a clear vision such baggage is to be dumped; then do, see and think as the subject. I can do this bottom-up technique to get an idea of how any people, child or animal experiences the world. It is a great shame few others use this process for problem solving.
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