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April 26, 2006

Mindsets and Paradigms

Here’s some definitions:

Noun: mindset
1. A habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations

Noun: paradigm
1. Systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
2. A standard or typical example
3. The class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)
4. The generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

There is what you think, what you think you think, what you think you say, what you think you do, what you think they said, what you think they did. There is also what they think, what they think you think, what they think you do, what they think you said, what they think you did; They, as in everyone else but you, each and everyone.

Call it chaos, call it variety, it just is what it is: Different thoughts, different perceptions, different views, different opinions, different interpretations, different words… It’s just different.

The keyword is “different”: Those differences are sometimes huge. But those huge differences form similarities. Few can handle being different; a common ground is bound to be found or created, a common ground for thoughts, a mindset.

The keyword is “mindset”: positive mindset, negative mindset, rational mindset, sensitive mindset, nihilist mindset, socially oriented mindset, insensitive mindset, socially inept mindset, whatever mindset. Actually, It’s just a mindset and a mindset is just thoughts.

The keyword is “thoughts”: thoughts about life, thoughts about society, thoughts about love, thoughts about politics, thoughts about the future development of the energy market, thoughts about driving the car in the rain, thoughts about the right shape of that girl’s …(Fill in favorite body part), thoughts about getting that next promotion, thoughts about where the world is heading, thoughts about desire, thoughts about god, thoughts about how to have the best fun in a party, thoughts about what to read in the next keyword, thoughts about if the world is ever heading somewhere, and even, thoughts about thoughts. A paradigm is all those thoughts at once. A paradigm is just thoughts too.

The keyword is “paradigm”: Mindsets create and/or induce paradigms. Paradigms affect social structures, laws, conducts, taboos. Paradigms affect how you spend your day, how you drive your car, how you eat dinner, how you do business etc. and etc.
Paradigms may seem to exist alone but they are driven by you, me, us, the ones who put us in this world (i.e. Parents…), the ones who cares for us, the ones who educate us, the ones who hire us, the ones who talk to us, the ones we live with, the ones we meet, the ones we suddenly bump into, the ones we don’t like to meet etc. and etc.

The keyword is “mindset”. The keyword is “paradigm”.

To be continued?!?, You want real life examples?!? comments!

1 comment:

jixavius said...

My very good old friend Marc,
This time you have approached 2 words on my top 10 list maybe...
Paradigm... "the set of experiences, beliefs and values that affect the way an individual perceives reality and responds to that perception"; i guess this is the meaning that has the widest use nowadays, as proposed by Weltanschauung.
From here, i would like that we dig into what we call a 'Shift of Paradigm' and the reasons that drive it, both in the scientific and the social arenas.
On the other hand, i love the word mindset, or what is also called a groupthink...
I mean, don't you just love how these words just obviously deem the people who are stuck in this state of mental inertia: the propaganda and the endoctrination and mobilization of the masses... Can you believe that it is only a few human minds that are controlling the absolute majority of the lesser human minds... where are we in all this? where do we stand? can we see this thin line that seperates us from 'them' (the Big Brothers)?