S3 E37 — Tell Me More Lies I Can Believe In

People like us discover to our horror that old routines, rather than solving problems, intensify them in a stressed out situation.  Super simplifiers are the temporary true believers.  They seek an idea or single neat equation which explains all the complex novelties surrounding them.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “There’s something of value you don’t want to lose. This is what’s standing between you and a change. The shift will only be possible after you’ve reckoned with your feelings and deemed the loss to be necessary.  Aries

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 37 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 30th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

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Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E36Placebo, Meaningful Coincidence or Just Feeling Lucky; S3 E35This Ain’t No Zemblanity; S3 E34Why You’re Susceptible to Subliminal Suggestions Like …

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E37How Deep is the Chasm? What Do We Do?; S2 E36Turning Lemons into Margaritas; S2 E35Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?; S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

I’m your host, a Steve, who feels lucky for having you join us.  Right about now you’re probably asking yourself, how did I get here and where is this going?  

While, if you know me at all, I’m a “Whys Guy” building a trail from Tau to now — you know I’m writing up the Report’s Conclusion Section of The One-Year Natural Experiment which now explores Super Simplification as a potential reason for why so many people fall for “Lies they can believe in.”

Here’s my work-in-progress drawing upon notes I took while reading “Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler, a classic I feel which still holds up.

Deepening Sense of Confusion

As the pace of change quickens we experience self-doubt, anxiety and fear.  We become tense and tire easily, until we are overwhelmed, face-to-face with a crisis situation.

Without a clear grasp of relevant reality or beginning with clearly defined values and priorities, we feel a deepening sense of confusion and uncertainty.  

Our intellectual bewilderment leads to disorientation at the level of personal values.  

Decision stress results from acceleration, novelty and diversity conflicts.

Acceleration Pressures Us to Make Quick Decisions. 

Novelty increases the difficulty and length of time while diversity intensifies the anxiety with an increase in the number of options and the amount of information needed to process.  

The result is a slower reaction time.

Feeling Decision Stress 

Non-productive responses to decision stress usually prove only to deepen the unprepared and adaptive difficulties.

A person in a stressed out situation discovers to his horror that old routines, “rather than solving problems, intensify them.”  

      • The Denier blocks out his senses avoiding change until he can no longer keep it out.  Instead of a sequence of manageable problems his encounter becomes a single massive life crisis. 
      • The Specialist ignores the big picture blocking out all novel ideas except in his specialty.  Superficially he copes well until he wakes up one day to find his specialty obsolete or transformed beyond recognition.
      • The Reversionist obsessively sticks to the past coping patterns which are obsolete while voicing a preference to return to a time when life operated at a slower pace.  
      • The Super Simplifier can be called the temporary true believer.  An idea or single neat equation is sought to explain all the complex novelties surrounding him.

Productive adaptive skills include the ability to affiliate and disaffiliate in a more transient society.  

A permanent employee goes into shock when forced out into the street. But the more mobile, flexibly-focused professional, academic, upper management class has ties across wide physical space and has more functional relationships which make it easy to duplicate in the case of a lost job.

The trick Toffler reveals is to turn crisis into opportunity, not merely to survive but to crest the ensuing waves of change. 

      • The challenge is to grow and to gain a new sense of mastery over our own destinies.  
      • Over the next thirty to forty years as we are faced with a “blinding succession of new temporary cultures,” the strategy becomes to design new personal and social change regulators.  
      • Toffler says we need to meet invention with invention, to develop an array of creative strategies to shape, deflect, accelerate and decelerate change selectively

Evidence

Check it out.  Zahnny would you say your Holiday Tau more comfortably describes a denier or a reversion loving OK Boomer rocking on your porch?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It’s said that complaining is like a rocking chair; a comfort though it never goes anywhere. Arguably, those who find comfort in complaining provide far less of it to everyone within earshot. Luckily, you know when to use your feet.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

The endeavor becomes possible because you believe it is possible. You’ll build skills and adopt new modes of thought. It is fortifying beyond measure to know you are growing in mind and spirit. In June, you’ll dedicate yourself to growing in financial ways, too, as your dream needs real-world assets to back it up.

What about you, our Patron Saint?  Is your Holiday Tau a path forward for a specialist like me or a reversion-loving Emma the Baroness?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “There’s something of value you don’t want to lose. This is what’s standing between you and a change. The shift will only be possible after you’ve reckoned with your feelings and deemed the loss to be necessary.  Aries

Hi Howey, I’m guessing your TauBit of Wisdom is a shot across my specialist bow.  Am I right? Or is it what you do when you and Zahnny team up and you’ve heard enough?  Are you two conspiring?

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:To talk about what you know and listen when you don’t seems so simple, but many will violate the rule. They speak to fill the void or get attention — tiresome. All you have to do is politely excuse yourself.” Cancer

Okay, Aoki I’m feeling a prescription for all four “dysfunctional” reactions might lie in your Holiday Tau.  Am I right?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Explore, decide, change your mind — all part of the process. Anyone who gives you a hard time about this doesn’t fully understand your creativity. Believe in your vision enough for anyone who can’t see it.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

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Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • I enjoy any of the Harry Bosch detective books in the series authored by Michael Connelly.  “A Darkness More Than Night,” described “A strange constricting feeling filled his gut. He didn’t believe in coincidences… (It) was a coincidence that even a believer in coincidence would have a difficult time accepting.”So much for detectives, tying up loose ends, relying on their hunches and reordering data, information and witness first hand accounts. 
    • Or, in “Black Box,” Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch adventure he writes, “But Bosch stayed positive.  He’d gotten lucky with Pistol Pete and the serial number.  There was no reason to think it wouldn’t hold.”  Of course, Harry had a run in with his newer Lieutenant a page or two later … “So much for his luck holding… he felt that more than his luck suddenly ebbing away.  His momentum and positive attitude were eroding. It suddenly felt like it was getting dark out.” 
    • “Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler, a classic I feel which still holds up. As the pace of change quickens we experience self-doubt, anxiety and fear.  We become tense and tire easily, until we are overwhelmed, face-to-face with a crisis situation. Without a clear grasp of relevant reality or beginning with clearly defined values and priorities, we feel a deepening sense of confusion and uncertainty. Our intellectual bewilderment leads to disorientation at the level of personal values. Decision stress results from acceleration, novelty and diversity conflicts. Acceleration pressures us to make quick decisions. Novelty increases the difficulty and length of time while diversity intensifies the anxiety with an increase in the number of options and the amount of information needed to process.  The result is a slower reaction time.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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