Thinking Helps Integrate New Knowledge
The thing that’s lacking most in the world, my father used to say, is THINKING. He was a thinker – my dad - that’s for sure. One day, when I was six or seven years old, I arrived home from school to find him having a royal argument with my mother. She was hurling eggs at him, from across the lounge room (they weren’t cooked). The reason for the argument was that while she had been away for a day or two, he had painted a map of the world right around two walls of our lounge room. I thought it was fantastic – there it is – a map of the world, each country a different colour, depicted in spectacular style.
The thing about the world, my dad told me once my mum had run out of eggs and calmed down, it is really just one, big, interconnected place. The map he drew on the wall, strangely, didn’t correspond to the maps I had been shown at school. My dads map, did indeed depict the world as a kind of single-large-island. Instantly, my view of the world changed. But I was still troubled – ‘This isn’t the map my teachers have shown me” I told him – he told me that most people, teachers included, have a very small view of the world – and that one of the most important things I could ever learn to do, was to learn to SEE THE BIG PICTURE. And that was why he had painted the map on the wall – so that my sister and I could SEE THE BIG PICTURE.
This, of course, was a powerful lesson. Seeing the big picture in things, is the first step to a larger understanding of things. Thinking about things from every possible angle, and then some, can lead us to deeper insight.
As it turned out, my dad’s map of the world was based on Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Skymap – shown here. When we cut up a GLOBE in this fashion, unfold it and lay it out on the table, we see things in a slightly different light. The world is indeed, more connected that most people believe – and THINKING about things in new and interesting ways – helps change our views on things and helps us to integrate new ideas.
Train Hard – Train Smart.