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Paradox WIsdom is my learning journey, where the purposes are only for my own personal development and learning. The Learning Journey I play with is an emergent individual discovery and is not meant for any other purpose.
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  1. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Integrated Mythology
    Integrated MythologyBuzz Submitted by : Juan Imaz Buzz: Personal Brand Juan Imaz in BeBee; the platform to create, showcase and share your personal brandI am the voice of the 21st Century and I can declare that with 100%...
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  2. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Our Blood is Red, Our Flow is Orange
    Our Blood is Red, Our Flow is OrangeBuzz Submitted by : Gert Scholtz Buzz: Honey Five-O In celebration of Gert Scholtz flow This is not another attempt to define flow, which was never an attempt in the first place, but a recognition of a...
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    Gert Scholtz
    06/01/2017 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit Your engagement is my enjoyment - to the ultimate on this post. Thank you Manjit.
  3. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Death Needs Time - Life Needs Flow
    Death Needs Time - Life Needs FlowBuzz Submitted by : Mamen Delgado Buzz: Entrevista beBee a Jos茅 Ram贸n L贸pez Link above is an Interview in Spanish by Mamen Delgado and the title means BeBee interview with Jos茅 Ram贸n L贸pez: "Publishing in...
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    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    29/12/2016 #33 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Snopes asked if this was the deadliest year for celebrity deaths and found that the count for the year was not unusually high. In a society which brings celebrities into our home and as a part of our daily discourse - this is a great example of "death needs time" - and then we are transfixed by something which is a natural anomaly. As more and more celebrities pass away in coming years, will we get numb to the sheer scale of such news? If the 60's introduced us to this culture of fame, will the coming years return us to recognizing that we adding to the scale of grief, rather than appreciating what is natural about life and its path?

    Was 2016 the Deadliest Year for Celebrity Deaths? - SNOPES
    http://www.snopes.com/2016/12/28/2016-the-deadliest-year-for-celebrities/
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/12/2016 #31 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #30 Time and distance are human measures, time and distance are irrelevant to the universe in its choice for life, but relevant in creating the very narrow criteria that enables life to exist where it does. We will have a smarter perspective of this in 400 years time, until then we make do with the 21st Century as a pivotal point between time bunched together as people living in different centuries, unprepared and not in flow with the transformations we are experiencing right now.
    Dean Owen
    27/12/2016 #30 Dean Owen
    #19 I am not convinced. With the billions of stars in the universe, the emergence of a perfect ecosystem that supports an environment that fosters the evolution of an intelligent species is highly probable, and no doubt, we are not alone.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/12/2016 #29 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    5 References on how one can distinguish :

    1. 25 Ways to Distinguish Your Self by Rajesh Setty
    http://changethis.com/manifesto/17.25WaystoDistinguish/pdf/17.25WaystoDistinguish.pdf View more
    Devesh Bhatt
    27/12/2016 #28 Devesh Bhatt
    #27 @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit, well i aligned the conversation and the quest and the introspection.

    You distinguish.. To each his own
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/12/2016 #27 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #26 Conversations are plentiful and abundant on social media - sharing is astronomic. Reflection is the road less traveled.

    We do in weddings what we do not do in social media, which is a wedding is when we decide what our capacity is, but in social media there are no limits, some people accumulate 5000 followers, other 50,000. All of which is broadcast media.

    Less is more as far as following is concerned when following is confused with flow. We end up spinning our wheels.
    At this point I look at my watch and I am back in the field of time. This is where Aurosama's post is quite poignant

    Killing Time Around Christmas by @Aurorasa Sima
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@aurorasa/killing-time-around-christmas

    Social media can be such a random universe. A friend of mine once said "Twitter is stupid". I asked why
    He retorted "It is full of brain farts". I thought about it and then googled "brain farts" and then you find something like this :

    10 Everyday Things That Cause Brain Farts
    http://www.livescience.com/33841-10-everyday-brain-farts.html

    This is not sharing, it is personal exploration. What is not relevant - move on. What is interesting - explore and move on.
    If by the end of the day it became merely an exercise in killing time, it is time to read Aurorasa's post again - because she is cool.
    Devesh Bhatt
    27/12/2016 #26 Devesh Bhatt
    #22 @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit, conversations are sharing of thoughts, a mutual quest with different reference points that serve as anchors to return.
    Everyone loses flow, everyone gets it back on the aame track or a newly discovered journey.

    Isnt it all about being true to oneself. Suoressing onws imaginatikn isnt being true to oneself.
    Beginnings are pure, endings are enriched by the good and the bad as long as the all encompassing flow can make me that way
    Amina Alami
    26/12/2016 #25 Amina Alami
    #24 Thank you for sharing your story. "Into each life a little rain must fall". Hard times are a reality in our life, they make us stronger and wiser.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #24 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #23 Dear Amina [ @Amina Alami ] this is why counting our blessings is so profound. My parents experienced unbelievably harsh hardship of life but in their hardship they had a vision for us, their children. It is that vision that kept them battling through those hardships and brought meaning to their struggle. Now as their children, we are the realization of their vision - but then if we paid no honour or thought to that sacrifice then we do not know the seeds we sow for ourselves should hardship then revisit us.

    That is why I honour books written about hardship and struggle such as The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. The question I ask is if someone has struggled and sacrificed to provide us a moment of paradise - what prompts us to squander that paradise and thus not build on the shoulders of the great - but start the struggle all over again because we could not see the meaning of it. The one guilt that I don't want to feel is to take what my parents thought as meaningful and render it meaningless.

    I am conscious of how quickly we can remove the wheels of our paradise in a society that provided us means of movement towards a freedom that people decided was worth sacrificing for. If we have a modicum of freedom in our hands we should treasure it - for once it is lost, we either surrender as slaves, or fight for the very bits of freedoms which we may want to restore.

    This blessing gives me the luxury to explore and live my life but it is always in context of those who contribute to the life we have. Sometimes the hardships of life are unavoidable like the onset of tragedy but by have meaning it changes what we focus on.
    Amina Alami
    26/12/2016 #23 Amina Alami
    #10 Thank you Manjit for sharing this insightful and thought-provoking post. Some people ebb and flow between the hardships of life and the fear of death. To swim in the river of life is to flow with whatever may happen, to let go to have a tranquil flow of life.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #22 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #20 Dear Devesh these are excellent questions and they are your questions because they are a part of your flow. How I utilize these questions assumes I know the answer to them, which I do not.

    The references that I link here are what I am looking at in the moment and as I go through those links, I log them and in that log there is a pattern that develops - and that finger print is my learning journey.

    I do not need to formulate an answer in the moment because we live in a world abundant with information. People on the web have lots of answers to each question and your question - are delusional people unauthentic - immediately prompts a question in my head that I then I go off an follow, which is Are we living in a delusional society

    Are We Living in a Delusional Society by Jean Pollack
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creativity-way-life/201107/are-we-living-in-delusional-society

    In that piece Jean Pollack asks even more questions - but the bit that caught my eye was when she said

    "Delusions are false judgments held with extraordinary conviction and subjective certainty, resistant to contrary experience and counter-argument, whose content is impossible-or at least not verifiable."

    I do absolutely agree that too many references leads you to many places where we spread ourselves too thin, but also too many questions lead us to juggle to many options and I know that point because my own inner biology tells me that - and it is not felt in the mind but first felt in the gut.

    What puts in flow may put others out of flow, and what puts others in flow may put me out of flow - my learning journey is about learning and in that learning journey so I am not trying to experience flow in totality because that will just blow my mind. And NO you are not delusional - and you do demonstrate spontaneity.
    Devesh Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #21 Devesh Bhatt
    I ask because i may appear to be delusional
    Devesh Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #20 Devesh Bhatt
    #18 i never said abandon the reality of time.
    What i surprised is with is this...i see a flow in your expressions and your writings, why the need for so many references.
    Too many references make one a mouthpiece. Why not build your own voyager?

    What if inspiration is merely an acknowledgement of the familiar which sits like a beautiful expression in the head.

    References can make a person inconsistent, perhaps a shortcut means to quantify certain thoughts which may make one appear as unauthentic.

    How about experiencing the flow in totality without the excess of references.??

    All my posts are spontaneous here, i havent refined them so that the authenticity becomes questionable.

    Another question...are delusional people unauthentic??
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #19 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #15 Dear Dean when we think about the many perfections that make life possible, it is extraordinary to think people still believe that the formation of life is just an accident. We learn not just from the very narrow criteria that makes life on Earth possible, but the functioning of other planets such as Jupiter, which ensure that this gas planet takes wallops of asteroids that would otherwise end our Earthly existence.

    A bucket list is a good example where "Life needs Flow". In terms of death in the last 24 hours in Britain, George Michael is the big story. The more we are gravitated towards "Death needs Time" the more deeper and attached we become with that single news story. When we are in flow we are not interrupted by news nor are we making news and that is what makes a bucket list special, it is an expression of optimal experience and not optimal branding a.k.a. we live it more than conceptualize the idea of having a list.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #18 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Dear Devesh You have already encountered the extraordinary flow of Ali Anani which is perhaps the best example of a mind that exemplifies optimal experience. Just as interesting is the life experiences of Dean Owen - whose optimal experience is found in his travel accounts.

    The flow I mention here is evidence based and one of the great academicians of our time Mihaly Cziksentimayhli who studied it extensively with reputable research pedigree. As for Gert Scholtz asking about time and timeless, it is Mihaly's work that drew out the connection between flow and its timeless quality - that when we are in flow, we forget time. Mihaly does point out that the timeless quality of flow can harm a human being.

    We are always in flow in relationship to time but in time there is danger, damage and death, but time is brought back into positive relationship in the work of Sara Jacobovici who views time as a sense. So in the timeless effect of being in flow does not mean we abandon the reality of time - for sooner or later, the back slap of reality shocks us back to time, even if we are awaken to flow as an optimal experience in that sweetspot between time challenge and time capability.
    Franci馃悵Eugenia Hoffman
    26/12/2016 #16 Franci馃悵Eugenia Hoffman
    The flow exists but it's how we perceive its existence that can govern our life journey. Flow is timeless, unpredictable and constantly changing. This brings to mind my dear friend @Milos Djukic "Remember that you must at all costs remain self-similar..I call it virtual synchronicity or a fractal alignment. I'm not the only one". - Milos Djukic

    The tree of life and the river of life metaphors represent the flow of life. If the tree dies and the river dries up, we may perceive their demise as death but not so because the flow still exists.
    Dean Owen
    26/12/2016 #15 Dean Owen
    There is something so perfect about a 365 day year. Not too short, not too long. As for life and death, well that is what bucket lists are for. The act of going through your bucket list is the life part, and once you have completed a fair bit, death seems not so frightening. Everyone needs a bucket list.
    Devesh Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #14 Devesh Bhatt
    I once grew a tree,
    Then it grew on me.
    So did the rivers, the lakes and the hills.

    They are alive nonetheless, irrespective of my being.

    On the other hand i need them for physical needs, for emotional support (yes they do give it) and the vitality that you talk about.

    They are the source, im merely the cultivator.

    But that is how i see it and i have lived in the cities to identify with your point of view.

    Similarily i am like a tree for very few in this society, eventually it keeps moving irrespective of me, its liberating that i dont hold anyone down.
    Devesh Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #13 Devesh Bhatt
    #9 depression or appreciation is a choice, as a human being, the expected choices are only human.

    Each triggers a desirable or undesirable response.

    Perhaps the flow always exists, it maybe calm, smooth, deep, shallow, noisy with rapids, like a stream or like a flood. Life is perennial till death. Maybe, Without patience the slow is assumed as stagnation and the fast is only assumed as fast when its quicker than one could comprehend or rationalise.

    The flow is always there, it is what we assume it to be as well as a flow in itself. Ideally it empowers yet there is no illusion of control.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #12 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #8 Devesh we are society right here, we are not exclusionary to society - so the question for me is what can I learn from this gathering of society. The person who is most different to me in the small gathering here is @Max馃悵 J. Carter View more
    #8 Devesh we are society right here, we are not exclusionary to society - so the question for me is what can I learn from this gathering of society. The person who is most different to me in the small gathering here is @Max馃悵 J. Carter and in his case, learning about what a Shaman is, is like fine wine, I will know over time and not immediately.

    I can read about Shamanism http://www.sandraingerman.com/abstractonshamanism.html but the Shaman called Max Carter is not the UN representative here for Shamanism, he is a Shaman who is a part of our society. The greatest learning I receive is from people who are different from me but spread through the diversity of all the people we will come across. That to me what my flow is, whereas Max Carter is connected to a flow that goes back to ancient ancestors.

    The saddest death of all where I live is seeing how much culture and knowledge has been stripped from the indigenous people of North America - but no matter how much is stripped, the ancestors that passed their knowledge is alive through others, just as our flow passes through to future generations - that is if we pass on life onto them, or it might be something dead which ends that branch of the tree, maybe even float away as a dead log in a river.

    That is why the tree of life metaphor is just as brilliant as the river of life metaphor - but I don't find flow in dead things, but living things - it is we make this tree alive, it is we who make this river flow - if we are connected to it as a vital life force. Close
  4. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Times Are Changin'
    Times Are Changin'Buzz Submitted by : Ian Moyse Buzz: Your Personal Brand in Social Selling A Newly arrived Bee "Ian Moyse" lays out the Case for Social Selling The Times are Changin' is the famous Bob Dylan song and...
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    Max馃悵 J. Carter
    13/12/2016 #3 Max馃悵 J. Carter
    #2 Well said @CityVP Manjit.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    13/12/2016 #2 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #1 Yes I appreciate it Max, because what is the point of living our lives through surrogates and that is what we do when we engage judgements. Much wiser to engage appreciation, especially those who have stood the test and rigours of time and contributed to the culture and meaning of a particular society.

    With so many great names lost this year, perhaps we should also pay regards to the living - rather than in memoriam when it becomes a major news story and people get super-social about what Bob Dylan meant to them because it is 24/7 news. The reality is we can't stop reactive living, but we can sure become examples of appreciative living.

    For now Bob Dylan continues to be a living legend. He also has a life that he gets on with just like us - and on that score that is a part of our collective humanity.
    Max馃悵 J. Carter
    13/12/2016 #1 Max馃悵 J. Carter
    I dig this look quite a bit and I have one rhetorical question that I hope you appreciate.

    What gives us the right to judge Bob?

    Me I would rather just enjoy the wisdom he shared with us.
  5. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Unlearning Political Correctness
    Unlearning Political CorrectnessBuzz Submitted by : Dean Owen Buzz: Unlearning Prejudice Dean Owen's Buzz Providing a Different Look at RacismUnlearning political correctness does not mean that political correctness should not exist,...
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    Brian McKenzie
    19/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzie
    "Diversity" to me has always seemed the difference between choosing pork, mutton, beef or turkey as your source for the 'Society sausage' you are grinding.
    Pure divide and conquer, the All animals are equal but some are more equal (entitled) than others
    I have no PC filter. At some point something I say or write will offend delicate sensibilities - I believe in getting it out of the way early. I have seen too many dead bodies to be offended by words. I have been in combat at the hot end of the bang stick pointed at me to worry about the 'harm' from mere words.
    I will tell SJW's what Society has been telling men for generations. "Man Up. Quit your whining and sniveling - or we will give you something to really cry about." Get over it snowflakes - the world sucks - and nobody gets out alive.
    Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    18/12/2016 #18 Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    #17 That is simply the most erudite and longish in-joke in the history of THE americas... :)

    beBee is the happiest place on the internet!
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #17 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #16 Even better Deb [ @Deb 馃悵 Helfrich ] is that if fresh water becomes scarce because of privatization or ecological mismanagement, at least the continent of America can run a non-fracking pipeline between the Arctic and the Antarctic.

    Then should we differentiate between an Arctic American and an Antarctic American but I recognize that this is opening up a can of polar worms - how can this world have nationalities everywhere but those born in the Arctic and the Antarctic and so have to figure out which nation they actually belong?

    The Nationality of Santa Claus?
    https://www.adn.com/commentary/article/arctic-politics-what-nationality-santa-claus/2010/12/23/

    What is really galling is that there are arctic indigenous people and not a single one of them as a bee
    http://www.arcticcentre.org/EN/communications/arcticregion/Arctic-Indigenous-Peoples

    If there was a place for the United Nations to operate, then the natural place is Antarctica, it has no indigenous people
    http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/can_you_live_in_antarctica.php

    It is about time someone at beBee provided these people a Polar Hive.
    Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    18/12/2016 #16 Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    #14 Classic @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit observation!

    America is a landmass! The whole continents thing is inaccurate & probably from a time when we didn't have accurate technology to realize it is just twisted like a party balloon at the Panama junction. A whole big to-do was made over the necessity of the canal, for an important reason.

    'Americans' as the term is commonly used is pretty much just imaginary Hollywood & mass media fantasy stereotypes.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #15 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #12 The key to diversity is noticing our own reaction to other people and on that score it is unlearning our own reactions to political correctness as well as political incorrectness. Reaction is a different mindset to appreciation and/or equanimity, and reaction is actually the easier or more default option.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #14 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #13 Dear Pamela, what US citizens seem to forget is that America is a huge continent that includes North America and South America, so if Europeans are from Europe, why are not Americans the sum of both America's. The United States is a representation of states that could otherwise have been as varied as European countries, while the most incredulous thing about America in total is how Canadians do not consider themselves as continental Americans. I have never seen US citizens as the same because how can one mistake a Texan for a New Yorker or a West Coast American for a Mid-Westerner. Then we go into any American city like New York and the cultural differences are signficant - and as we keep on drilling down, we get to the level of a human being, who happens to hold a United States passport, but who is also unique as an individual finger-print. We are of the same persuasion when it comes to diversity.
    Pamela 馃悵 Williams
    18/12/2016 #13 Pamela 馃悵 Williams
    Thank you for this Manjit! "It is therefore much wiser to acknowledge differences, and actually valuing differences, then it is to pretend or hide that there are no differences - which is actual "diversity"."
    This is exactly the way I have viewed those 'different' from myself. The more different they are the more fascinated I am. I don't want everyone to be 'like' Americans, that in itself is really stupid to say because America is supposed to be known as the great melting pot. None of us are true Americans; the closest being Native Americans who thousands of years ago immigrated from Asia across the Bering Straits, and there you go. If research is to be believed then the only true "native" culture is African where it is believe humanity originated.
    My 'bad' is that I can get a little exuberant in my interest in learning about other cultures and it seems to have become 'politically incorrect' to even ask about those differences. This is why I have enjoyed connecting with people here on beBee that are from around the world.
    Brian McKenzie
    18/12/2016 #12 Brian McKenzie
    Nothing to unlearn, I never had it.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    12/12/2016 #11 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #10 The Coopers was a skit on "Goodness Gracious Me" - which featured four Indian comedians, of which Sanjeev was indeed the brightest, unlike Not The Nine O'clock News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxxDtSHa97Q View more
    #10 The Coopers was a skit on "Goodness Gracious Me" - which featured four Indian comedians, of which Sanjeev was indeed the brightest, unlike Not The Nine O'clock News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxxDtSHa97Q which became a classic with Rowan Atkinson obviously being the stand-out comedian. Mel Smith of course passed away sadly in 2013. Some skits on Goodness Gracious Me were just plain daft and silly, while others were drawn from caricatures i.e. "Asian Top Gear" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6h0lkq-Sno but Sanjeev Bhaskar was a cut above the rest because of his creative mind.

    Another person who was pretty good at comedy was President Obama. He got painted by Trump as a symbol of political correctness when the reality is that Obama stood up and said uncomfortable things that were hardly politically correct http://reason.com/blog/2016/05/15/obama-blasts-political-correctness-fragi but he was not politically incorrect either, whether it is politically correct or politically incorrect, the problem is going to one extreme or the other - the Victorian sensibility or the Savage Trump - savage because he reminds me of Joseph Goebels statement that "a lie told many times becomes the truth". Close
    Dean Owen
    12/12/2016 #10 Dean Owen
    #4 I didn't know The Coopers for some reason. Very familiar with The Kumars, watched that show vehemently on cable. Sanjeev et al have done the Indian community an incalculable service in Britain imo, destroying the stereotypical view.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    12/12/2016 #9 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #5 and #6 Yes, conversation that includes tiny chinks of discovery like at the beginning of this year when there was the story of an Israeli woman whose book was banned from the Israeli curriculum because it was about a love story with a Palestinian man in New York http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35265002

    With race and racial realities, all groups wear their cultural armor and chinks in the armor equate with choosing vulnerability - but chinks of discovery are ours to find, for otherwise the meaning of chinks in the armor mean we are trying to exploit a vulnerability in another, for even if we get through to another like that, we may serve only to harden that skin and so finding chinks in people is really an act of fault finding and judgement, which is what political correctness ends up doing, and where one see's the value of political correctness I see a new armor called playing nice.

    When we talk about manipulators in society, we should ask where did that two faced nature come from. My own heart will tell me if my arteries were lined with ignorance or my own blood flows with red heart of humanity. A learning journey that does not include learning new wisdoms about our own virtue is a learning journey that is superficial, then we can recite what it is we learned but yet not have that enter the wholeness of our own being.

    When we talk about freedom, it means that someone down the line paid a huge price for something we now take for granted, it does not mean that we risked anything, but it does mean that we begin to learn about all those who paved the way, so we are in this position in our time, to actually live a life that resembles what we call humanity. The chief reality of freedom is recognizing when the fight has been fought and the freedom it gained or was won is recognized and channeled into our own ways of being.
    Aurorasa Sima
    11/12/2016 #6 Aurorasa Sima
    What good is "correctness" anyway if it麓s just enforced by the law. The best medicine is against prejudice is conversation - not silencing people.
    Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    11/12/2016 #5 Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    #3 "Once we make this about two faced people rather than political correctness - we get much more closer to the realities of human nature "

    Exactly! The PC advocates have taught us to cry racism over the video Dean shared. Everyone gets to feel good that they identified the racism without actually thinking about their own behavior.

    There are many possible human nature reasons that a woman would brush off one man and not another. We are uncomfortable that we might be caught on camera like that and want to make it plain we would behave differently. I have absolutely no idea how I would behave if I had been on that bench that day, because I am missing millions of pieces of data that went into that particular woman's behavior.

    I know my own prejudice is smell. If one of them smelled of cigarette smoke or very liberally applied petrochemical fragrance - that is the one I would not have given the time of day to - I would, in fact, have run the other way, for my own health. Undoubtedly,
    this active moving away would be perceived as racism by many if caught on video and the man I moved away from had darker skin than I do. (Although it is ironic that practically every man technically has darker skin than I do.)

    Addressing racism has to do with uncovering how people think, and their faulty beliefs, rather than shaming snippets of behaviors, and having a frank discussion about the commonality of humanity and how to demonstrate an open-ness of mind to everyone we meet. How to do this is not necessarily self-evident.

    We now mistakenly treat people as grey, unable to celebrate differences just as surely as we try to avoid discrimination.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    11/12/2016 #4 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #1 That is the power of comedy where we laugh with rather than at people. The Coopers is something I can identify with see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKc9EXo_CoU View more
    #1 That is the power of comedy where we laugh with rather than at people. The Coopers is something I can identify with see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKc9EXo_CoU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-t8vVi0zc because as an Indian we have met people from "Chigwell" :-) There is a private joke that goes around among Indians about "Coconuts" and the first time we hear it, we may ask what is a coconut and the response comes back, people who are brown on the outside but white inside.

    This is why political correctness has actually led to the idea of reverse racism. Instead of dissolving racism, new forms have emerged where people feel that their rights have been attacked and so we get Brexit and Trump, and then the kind of responses from the politically correct are no longer politically correct in their reactions to a SNL skit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOm9YrcPxRQ now instead of a white man hating a black man, a blue man is hating a red man due to a democrat-republican skin. Colour is in the meaning we personally give it and comedy when it reveals our tribalism is best when it reveals all. Close
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    11/12/2016 #3 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #2 The chief problem with political correctness is that it gets people to say the right thing while they are now privately thinking the wrong thing - and racism then is experienced by people like me in a much worse way, which is meeting two faced people. When I came to Canada I was very pleased to see that it was a highly tolerant society, yet genuine tolerance in Canada depends on what part of the country one is.

    In a town like Toronto, this two faced political correctness is far more prevalent than Torontonians admit because the city is a multiracial melting pot with over 135 different languages. I knew something was not right when I watched some people in Toronto reveal deep anti-americanism in their reaction to 9/11 - that is when I realized that if that was the hate they were hiding for Americans, what are they saying about immigrants like me behind my back.

    The reality I found is that political correctness can create a tough skin but then racism becomes skin deep - get a little deeper into the layers and I have found that hidden racism. It is therefore much wiser to acknowledge differences, and actually valuing differences, then it is to pretend or hide that there are no differences - which is actual "diversity".

    Once we make this about two faced people rather than political correctness - we get much more closer to the realities of human nature See: http://tiny.cc/1teohy At the same time let us focus on beautiful correctness - and learn to see beauty in people also.
    Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    11/12/2016 #2 Deb 馃悵 Helfrich
    "hating hate is an oxymoron because it is still a form of hate." That is definitely part of the challenge. We do tend to like to get riled up, expend a lot of energy seeing things as polar opposites - judging things as either/or - certain the the reverse of bad has to be good. It is all more complex, subtle, and ultimately has to be more collaborative. Only via enough discussion, with a diverse group of people weighing in from different angles do we come to long-term, sustainable changes.

    The video in Dean's buzz instigated this comment by me: "Yes, it looks like racism, but they were out filming for racism. My point is to point out how easy it is to agree with other people, when a certain expectation is set."

    "I have trouble in the fact that mostly what people advocate for as an alternative is for grayness - POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Not seeing skin color is not the answer. Learning to see and value everyone is, because even if we became skin-color-blind, we wouldn't be disability-blind, size blind, fancy clothes blind, acne blind.....the list is enormous."
    Dean Owen
    11/12/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    You bring up so many important points it's hard to know where to start except to say that if we can't celebrate and laugh at our differences, we may as well be living in Orwell's 1984. Britain and Germany have mended ways. I wish Japan and China would mend their ways too but there is still inherent hatred between the two. A show like Fawlty Towers making fun of either side could cause a major incident. Thanks for reminding me of Love thy neighbor! a hoot indeed!
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    Practice of Leadership
    Practice of LeadershipThe greatest dilemma in leadership today is that the more we write or opine about leadership the less we seem to be changing trust in leadership or engagement through leadership.聽 Buzz Submitted by : Sushmita Thakare Jain ...
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    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #8 Mohammed Sultan
    #7 Thanks for sharing your link which,unfortunately, I was not able to open with Adobe.Warren Buffet and many other successful business leaders have achieved unprecedented success not because they were able to reach 100 % practice which could be developed by ordinary managers or because of their core skills or experience or qualification,but because they had another type of creative and innovative practice,and passion to take whatever opportunity they had and make it perfect.They were able to develop an open mind and spirit of inquiry to deal with the complexity and uncertainty of many chaotic business situations.Also,as many early immigrants to the US he favored being in uncertain situation rather than resorting to the status quo.Although each one of these successful leaders was driven by different motives and a different mix of gain and pride to keep going ,and sometime of fear of being regressed to mediocrity or spectacular failure, all were able to go against the logic of many others.Their unprecedented success was not at the concrete level but took place in the framework of their high expectation.The instinct of creative leaders or the strategy of early immigrants was often based on; a single idea that solve more than one problem and create more than one opportunity.They always had an integrated motive as marketers and entrepreneurs.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    04/12/2016 #7 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #4 Dear Mohammed, what you have introduced in your commentary is specialization and professionalism. Leaders who can think at great levels of abstraction can deal with higher complexities of practice. Leaders who best think at the concrete level can deal with end-to-end managerial practice all the way down to operating a lemonade stand. Their is much mess in not noticing this

    Having said that, Warren Buffett began his business practice as a newspaper boy, at each level of leadership practice, Buffett accumulated greater levels of leadership ability. Consequently Buffetts letters to his partners and then to his shareholders mirrors the growth of Berkshire Hathaway. How Warren Buffett developed is 100% in his practice and these can be seen in both his shareholder letters http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/letters.html and his original letters to his partners - through constancy of purpose he got really good at what he did. The question is not in learning to read Buffett's letters, it is how best would we write them if we were expressing our leadership year-in-year-out in the form of a letter.

    It is not only leadership that is a practice, but so is management, so is medicine, so is public speaking. Thinking is a practice.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    04/12/2016 #6 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #2 The theoretical when it comes to the practitioner is very important as leaders transition to greater challenges. When I look at the behemoths like LinkedIn and Facebook, I find entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who also are hard-core thinkers. Peter Thiel who was one of the geniuses behind both Facebook and Paypal thinks at an extremely high level of capability including what informs him at the philosophical level. http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-on-rene-girards-influence-2014-11

    Then there are actual philosopher kings that turn into entrepreneurs like Yvon Chouinard http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/19/patagonias-philosopher-king and don't forget Reid Hoffman at LinkedIn.

    Then there is leadership at brass tacks level - a leader who is running several stores at a local level. These leaders don't need to think at global levels, indeed they will be extremely bored to run a business at the local level. The same as it would if I asked Yvon Chouinard and Peter Thiel to partner with me, because they are not interested in the day-to-day leadership challenges, they are already thinking many years out and at levels of investment that are challenging to comprehend.

    The pond metaphor then is very apt. The big fish in a small pond is a leader, and the small fish in the big pond is a leader, but the big fish in the big pond is what most leadership theory aims to address - and that is why understanding that leadership is a practice is fundamental starting point, you and me recognize that, but we don't think of leadership that way, instead leadership books deliver a mythological leadership. For sure our society does require mythology to keep it running, but it also needs practitioners who can operate the larger visions of society, and it is those leaders that I am definitely interested in.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    04/12/2016 #5 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #3 Leadership is exponential with complexity. At the most basic level leadership can be practiced at the most mundane level, without great levels of complexity and when we level set to an organization at an early stage of development or that has reached a low ceiling at which it operates, then that is a different form of leadership than running a huge global organization. There are also some founders who like starting companies but don't want the leadership challenges of scaling a business.

    There are problems for a leadership mindset that entertains global level ambitions when the organization itself is not going to grow beyond the local level where it was founded, because then there is a misalignment between the needs of that organization and the capability of the leader - for then the leader with a big vision operating in limited settings will create unnecessary complexity to be designed into a business and then the competitor who operates with a simpler framework will win the day in the marketplace and the leadership of that competitor do not necessarily need to be the smartest people in the room.

    At the other end of the scale, in the world of mergers and acquisitions, getting the smartest minds into leadership practice is more important because the complexities are far richer. There is one thing leading an organization with a large percentage of grassroots level employees and leading a multi-billion enterprise that is about to see a transfer in ownership.

    In this case failure in addressing leadership talent can lead to an increase in the likelihood of merger and acquisition failure, which according to Forbes can be high as 83%. It really comes down to level-setting what kind of leadership we are preparing ourselves for and not the one size of leadership fits all that comes across with cookie-cutter solutions.
    Mohammed Sultan
    04/12/2016 #4 Mohammed Sultan
    Dear@City VP Manjit .It's a great well written post ,but to treat leaders as practitioners will block the organization alignment with its customers at a strategic level.The need may then arise for a business leader for every strategy.This worked well in the product era when you needed product experts or guardians of the innovation process.But in the current positioning era businesses may adopt radical changes that requires a dislocation of everything and every strategy.Here we may not be in a need for a leader who is a 100 % practitioner or a leader for an outdated strategy.In today's business world where mergers and acquisitions is taking place, changing the face and heart of every organization,we are in a need for leaders who are not only guardians of the org corporate vision but also to leaders who can work as intergrators .The leadership of 100% practice is better pushed down to functional managers.To go even further ,the function of today's business leaders will stretch beyond the leadership traditional tasks of visioning ,aligning and motivating to include establishing of company's identity and purpose. When we call for leadership 100 % practice in our organisations who ,then ,will run the lemonade stands!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    04/12/2016 #3 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Thank you @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit for the mentions! Just like Ali Anani says practicing leadership it another thing, one of the most important Leadership lesson is realizing you are not the most important or most intelligent person in the room all times. Your post has taken my headspace to another level sharing on other platforms.
    Ali Anani
    04/12/2016 #2 Ali Anani
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit- theory is something and practicing it can be another thing. Leaders should be great listeners, but how often we notice a self-acclaimed leaders talks and rarely listens. It is like somebody swimming in a small and shallow pond and claiming h/s is a great leader. I second the comment of @Franci馃悵Eugenia Hoffman
    Franci馃悵Eugenia Hoffman
    04/12/2016 #1 Franci馃悵Eugenia Hoffman
    Outstanding read, @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit - I am especially fond of this statement ""Best Practices" is not practice - that is simply imitation of leadership practices of the fake it till you make it kind. This brings me back to what the LEAD is in leadership. Best practice is not leadership, it is followership. The leader is the person/group whose practice was emulated and vaunted as a best practice."
  7. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    The Story
    The StoryI am not going to say why this buzz is important to me but it is an acknowledgement of those who make a difference in a person's life and in this case the original appreciation buzz is here: Buzz Submitted by : Aurorasa Sima Buzz: Story Seekers ...
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    Mike Bosworth
    29/11/2016 #2 Mike Bosworth
    Manjit, Beautifully stated.
    Aurorasa Sima
    23/11/2016 #1 Aurorasa Sima
    To loyalty! Thank you for another thought-provoking buzz, dear @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit, and for the honor of being mentioned.
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    Paradise vs. Parasite
    Paradise vs. ParasiteBuzz Submitted by : Dr Ali Anani Buzz: Parasitic ThoughtsThe second part of Dr Ali Anani's buzz will be discussed on site, but this Paradox Wisdom is from first part In his buzz (linked above) Dr Ali Anani began it featuring statistics about the...
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    馃悵 Fatima Williams
    23/11/2016 #4 馃悵 Fatima Williams
    #3 This is what we really have to be " Appreciate life from that lens, appreciate the ability and not the disability - and ability is what we should be focusing on."
    A standing ovation quote Love it馃
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    23/11/2016 #3 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #2 How time flies that I have returned to this hive for the first time in 3 weeks. I watched the Isaac Lidsky video and did not realize he was blind until he told the audience, and only then did I see the walking stick he was holding. I loved the analogy of the backward swimming fish. I agree fully with Lidsky's view that firstly we all do lie to ourselves and secondly recognize the distinction between vision and seeing.

    Our sensory channels are a sum of what we feed into them, but what surprised me from Lidsky's account is the amount of resources our mind and body uses for what should be the power of sight. That also speaks to the act of shutting our eyes so we can become more cognoscente of our other senses. Learning to see is a terrific thing, but improving our sense ability is an even greater dimension.

    One way of appreciating that dimension is imagining a world that would cater for every need of disabled people - because such a world be a smarter world, because when we appreciate life from that lens, we appreciate the ability and not the disability - and ability is what we should be focusing on.
    馃悵 Fatima Williams
    31/10/2016 #2 馃悵 Fatima Williams
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit Things that happen around us like the people / things / situations created etc always end up clouding our minds and leave us in perplexity as to what is our part in all this ? what did we contribute ? Should we contribute ? Should I be taking any actions ? Am I being selfish ?

    Yes we can watch that which which we can control, which is our own attention as we cannot control the uncontrollable happenings in the world. And it is best to watch that which gives & contributes to our interests I would rather than watching the news on who killed who ? I'd read an interesting resonating buzz that will fill my mind and wake up my senses to what is the reality in front of me.

    I just shared a ted talk by Issac Lidsky where he talks about the reality that we create for ourselves and I found it pretty inspiring !
    Is this reality we have created for us or were they created based on the assumptions/fear etc ? It was an eye opener for me as well. We are the creators of our reality ! (https://www.bebee.com/content/924204/888297#c6) Would love to hear your thoughts on his thoughts.

    This buzz is truly a paradox and these golden words so true "If what we consume leads us to a millimeter of actions that transform our world, the the net aggregate effect is a multiplier - and we know that change as a fashion tends to spread rather quickly, yet change as a human transformation - the one thing we hope and dream for, this paradise is the parasite we actually become, because then we begin to eat our own hope, and such eating of hope is at the end of the day, merely an entertainment and not transformation"
    Ali Anani
    17/10/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit- A buzz on a buzz that left me mesmerized. Very deep your thinking, great are your examples, tremendous are your comparisons and reasoning such as the differences in the USA and Iceland and fantastic are your words. Just reading these extracts from your buzz:
    鈥aradise, a paradise that comes from the reality of sacrifice, whether it is global or in our own gut.
    To be able to operate a remote control and have signals arrive to a media unit in our home would have been seen as paradise by societies that had very little of the technologies we today take for granted.
    - the one thing we hope and dream for, this paradise is the parasite we actually become, because then we begin to eat our own hope, and such eating of hope is at the end of the day, merely an entertainment and not transformation
    filled me with so many more ideas to think about. You know you affirmed my thinking that beBee is the land of fertile exchange pf wisdom. Your buss is just one great example of what I mean. I am truly honored to have a little inspiration in making this buzz one of the mose thinking buzz that I read for a while. Thank you, Manjit
  11. ProducerCityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Mind Compass
    Mind CompassBuzz Submitted by : CityVP Manjit Buzz: Big Mind & Small MindWhat was initially a buzz written from a backdrop of personal frustration now has become a mind compassI never intended that a buzz initially written by me would become a "paradox...
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    Prakashan B.V
    09/10/2016 #4 Prakashan B.V
    Nice article @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit...Thanks @Ali Anani for bringing this to my attention...Thanks
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    08/10/2016 #3 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #2 Dear @Ali Anani, I will take a look at these links next Saturday, for the next six days I am going to be occupied in preparing for the very event that initially was the backdrop to Big Mind & Small Mind. I will lurk in between breaks from this event prep but will return with full attention to beBee on 15th October 2016. Thank you in kind.
    Ali Anani
    08/10/2016 #2 Ali Anani
    Part 2
    You remind me of two presentations that I wrote and now I am thinking of merging them with a new thinking as prompted by this buzz. The two presentations are:
    1. Separation Thinking- it is not OR as much as it is AND http://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/separation-thinking View more
    Part 2
    You remind me of two presentations that I wrote and now I am thinking of merging them with a new thinking as prompted by this buzz. The two presentations are:
    1. Separation Thinking- it is not OR as much as it is AND http://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/separation-thinking
    2. Story Attractors- and Slide 15 as an example. Now, the center of the tetrahedron is No Mind. This opens a new thinking on developing the structure of a story. http://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/separation-thinking

    Thank you @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit for the inspiration Close
    Ali Anani
    08/10/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit= I discovered one important idea from this buzz. When an author (bee) of a buzz evolves, because of a comment the author of the comment evolves as well. I am truly honored that my simple comment on your previous buzz dear Manjit resulted in this hugely relevant buzz. The movement away from separation thinking of OR to AND opened huge possibilities to reconsider minds and how they may operate.
    I look at your pyramids as tetrahedral of new thinking and these two tetrahedrals are fractal because they operate at all scales and spaces. That No Mind is freedom is also greatly linked to vivid imagination where we may imagine things beyond reality. Is this imagination a form of meta-imagination or what I am not sure about, but what I am sure of is the opening of novel ways for us to think.
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    The Nature of Talent
    The Nature of TalentBuzz Submitted by : David Navarro L贸pez Buzz: Your Talent: What are you going to do with it?In this buzz David Navarro L贸pez opens up a discussion about talent - click above to access this discussion The word "buzz" is interesting because it...
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    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    29/09/2016 #9 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #5 Dear @David Navarro L贸pez the only line that I would want you to focus from my comment is this one "Your buzz is the hub and from that individual explorations germinate" - I like the flow of discussion that is at your buzz, that is why it is profiled at the beginning and why I link to it. The Paradox Wisdom here is to look at our own words, not as messages to the other, but as metacognition (which means to think about our own thinking). Even if we examine our own face in the mirror, do we actually get to the thoughts behind that face? These thoughts are revealed in our own words and responses and also in the things we have not said - because in those spaces is learning. What percentage of what you want to know is that which is already within you? That finding of that which we have not seen within us is "paradox wisdom".
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/09/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit, I literally just came across your Buzz now and notice you posted it a day ago. I posted a Buzz https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sara-jacobovici/compounding-communication 5 hours ago also on @David Navarro L贸pez's Buzz.

    I appreciate how you present and organize your thoughts. My focus or take away from this discussion was how I ended my Buzz by giving you the last word with a quote from one of your comments from David's Buzz: "The innate talent of choice is the fundamental talent, it is the core heartbeat of talent, because we do not grow without each other. Without serving something of value (which is always in relationship to someone else) talent becomes meaningless."
    Ali Anani
    25/09/2016 #6 Ali Anani
    #4 This is a quite interesting dialogue that fired neurons in my head and is generating the flow @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit. I feel I am watching the flow of waves in a sea. Waves tat reinforce each other and create a stronger waves or canceling each other and dumping the wave. Our "ideas waves" are like that each idea moving in a wave, encountering another idea wave and what happens happens as some ideas die and others get nourished. Free-flowing waves till they meet each other or collide with a big rock or whatever. Waves disruption (thank you for the kind mention on this dear Manjit), or whatever need a medium to carry them such as beBee, which is doing a great medium for both carrying waves and initiating them. I am in full accordance with your writing "This is why I say that beBee is the playground for my mind, heart and being that I had always been looking for".

    I am enjoying the dialogue between you and David @David Navarro L贸pez in spite of me coughing and sneezing and having a fever. Being in the flow makes life easier. Your neurons are creating waves that wave-riders enjoy riding.
    David Navarro L贸pez
    25/09/2016 #5 Anonymous
    #4 Will have a deeper look at it, as I perceive there is a lot of wisdom on your hive, which to be honest, it is almost out of reach for me. I am a simple and not educated man, so it takes much longer for me to follow your thoughts, but I'll try.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    25/09/2016 #4 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #3 Ah David, but focus on the paradox here that helps me. https://www.bebee.com/producer/hive/wisdom

    When I encounter a buzz that makes my neurons runneth over, that flow becomes my Paradox Wisdom. You so far are only one of four bee's that have managed to inspire that kind of flow. What enters the Paradox Pyramid is something that substantially elevates my own practice.

    A discussion is something that can come and go, but here as I contemplate the Nature of Talent, I am also contemplating Living Concrete (inspired via @Irene Hackett) Thinking our Disruption (inspired via Ali @Ali Anani) and the first Paradox Pyramid "The Sins of Science" inspired by @Milos Djukic This is why I say that beBee is the playground for my mind, heart and being that I had always been looking for.

    That is why this inner buzz is linked to the outer buzz you created at https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/your-talent-what-are-you-going-to-do-with-it#c21 Thus think of Paradox Wisdom as the spokes that emerge from a hub. Your buzz is the hub and from that individual explorations germinate. My learning hives serve the same purpose. I am reinventing here the accepted orthodoxy of blog and comment (group), and replacing it with thought and personal action. (individual)
    David Navarro L贸pez
    25/09/2016 #3 Anonymous
    I am honored to have provoked such a "bubbling honey" on you, my talented and admired friend, and as such, i am sharing it at https://www.bebee.com/group/bubbling-honey View more
    I am honored to have provoked such a "bubbling honey" on you, my talented and admired friend, and as such, i am sharing it at https://www.bebee.com/group/bubbling-honey, in the hope that more bees will be able to enjoy your talent, and make comments on it Close
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    25/09/2016 #2 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #1 Talent for home, talent for work, talent for play - any of those can become a market for something or another, but not all talent needs a market. Whether it is opportunity, innovation or labour of love - the nature of talent is worth examining and the system of talent is worth disrupting.
    Aurorasa Sima
    25/09/2016 #1 Aurorasa Sima
    You brought @David Navarro L贸pez麓s article to my attention. I understand the pictures are your comments on David麓s article. Saying we had the same thought process would be too ambitious, but my simple little train of thought also led to a conclusion that is a small part of your large presentation of knowledge and wisdom: There also has to be a market for your talent. Even though passion can be a powerful engine for creating a new market.
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    Living Concrete
    Living ConcreteBuzz Submitted by : Irene HackettBuzz: "Drowning in the "Pursuit of Happiness"How we pursue happiness and its meaning, featuring a deeply personal story and Victor FranklIn 2014 there was a movie that was made that largely escaped widescale notice...
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    馃悵 Fatima Williams
    05/09/2016 #26 馃悵 Fatima Williams
    #25 Wow that's such a lovely thing of giving them a set of keys. We all need that passage way back sometimes.
    I love the part of your comment on LinkedIn and I'd like to share it here "Learning is the open mind where we have to unlearn and keep our journey fresh and vital" Thank you once again.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    04/09/2016 #25 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #24 Dear Fatima the expected orthodoxy is that woman leaves home and becomes a part of her husbands family is a way that maybe is the same in both of our cultures, and three of my daughters are now married and are making the adjustments or have already made the adjustment to their new married life, but there is one thing in common with all three, all three were also told that they must retain the key to our home - not because it is a passage way back, but it is symbolic that the concrete is what has been extended, but that they must also see that they must establish their own homes, while recognizing that there is no loss in love simply because their walls are different now to the one's they grew up in. Eventually we will also move from our existing home and when that time comes, yes there is much left in the house one leaves - but this is life, eventually we all have a last journey from our home and at that point living concrete becomes either a tombstone or dust scattered where a culture or family scatter it.
    馃悵 Fatima Williams
    04/09/2016 #24 馃悵 Fatima Williams
    Your thinking and the way you explain them is the greatest learning journey anyone can ever ask for.
    Home as our thought, space and earth I just love the connection here. You talk about mind as if it were connected to our body language. Our thoughts enhance our body language and an open/closed mind can exihibit the same in a different manner.
    I agree that our life is written on the concrete of our homes and thats why, it makes moving homes difficult unless it were to bring about fruitful memories or if it was to begin a new life with a new family ( talking about marriage here).
    I am in agreement when you say it is indeed simply a home on this Earth a global virtual space called beBee because it is here where my mind gives birth to new ideas and learns new theories of life that which the notebook or school did not teach me. I learn with you and that is the greatest gift beBee has ever given me.
    I am achieving parallel interest ( learning) personal interest (success) here.
    Thanks @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit for such a superlative buzz and love that its was inspired from the dear Irene's buzz.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/08/2016 #23 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #22 Dear Irene, when I am in flow with all more senses exhibiting life force, I am fully present - otherwise I am the regular half-dozing cat purring to be present.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/08/2016 #21 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #20 Dear Irene, it does not matter what I think of death, I am not waiting for death to bring me answers about beyond-death when there is so much to understand about this life we have been given, that is enabling me to think these thoughts.

    Our new bee friend @Yogesh Sukal does entertain matters of the future, but in his case it is singularity because as he says Moore's Law is moving us to somewhere profound. A moment of singularity does not need the confinement of Earth, it can exist beyond this planet, but we are born to live within this planet.

    For Yogesh he already envisages that singularity creating a livable martian planet, but for me, Earth is enough and I am simply mastering home without entertaining that which is beyond home.

    We need people who think in futuristic realm, as we need people like you to ask the big questions of life. Yet living concrete is something tangible, it is appreciating the gift we have now - and in this idea of presence is where we do find resonance. For me the practical touch of life outweighs the existential question of how life will one day be. We don't realize the existential without those of us who engage the practical.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/08/2016 #19 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #17 Yes Irene, being conscious of the whole is a part of the contract called life that eternity gives on arrival (birth) and takes back on departure (death). I am not happy that we are bound by this contract but that is what makes the present moment now valuable. Eternity will eventually fold into self and that is what the big bang represents - the point where eternity renews itself.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    27/08/2016 #18 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #16 Dear Irene, the value of parallel minds is that one can co-exist with the diversity of 7 billion minds, without discounting that the group mind can produce something infinitely bigger than any single one of us. We do separate from nature when we begin to find ourselves relating to certain tribes over others rather than parallel minds. I know that the parallel mind is what gets separated because conversation moves from a normal distribution to a power law distribution. This power-law is the norm, it is the reason why we have super-rich people, the silent majority and the existence of perverse poverty.

    If our underlying objectives requires concentration of thought to deliver against prescribed personal goals, the very nature of goals creates separation because personal ambition rather than diversity becomes our norm. We are always going to be drawn to friendships that we create and that is friendship speaking rather than parallel minds. A core part of the parallel mind is an elevation of appreciation with a corresponding softening of brand judgement and awareness of parallel interest (learning) over personal interest (success).

    Ironically it is the parallel mind which is a smarter facet of diversity - so we can talk about diversity until we are blue in the face - but the actual practice of diversity requires suspension of purposes of making a living. I am prepared to suspend that here so there is no ulterior motive for me greater than learning through diversity and more importantly to focus on appreciation in parallel. Now what does that mean? It means that the same parallel that exists online becomes the parallel exercised offline - and that means I am one of billions and not one of the chosen people - or whatever belief system that creates natural divisions we call tribes.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    23/08/2016 #13 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #4 Dear Irene, I did not add the comment number to my response #6 so I have copied it below in summarized form but there is a point I don't want to get lost about learning journey. The hardest thing for me to explain about my learning journey is that it must be a parallel path rather than an intersecting one. When you take practice Irene, it must be your practice. This goes against the grain of why people engage on either BeBee or LinkedIn. I hope you see how I view learning journey as personal discovery and why that is important to me to use the online space as a learning lab or as Krishnamurti said "the observer is the observed".

    A "place of inclusiveness" is better referenced as body IMHO.

    The Home as a body - Is your core body - this is different from home as a space which is the meaning generated. Think thought as mind, think space as spirit but think earth, home and being as body. We love metaphors but are not good with physicality.

    It is easy to see our being as body because of what we can transplant between bodies, but I can't give another human being my brain. It is easy to see home as core body - these are real walls. Earth however is filled with animals, plants and rocks - real stuff that we don't need to humanize but appreciate.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    22/08/2016 #12 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #10 I Dear @Sara Jacobovici and @Irene Hackett wrote that late last night, what I should have written is The Planet Body, The Home Body and the Being Body - all three represent EARTH. Of course the Being Body returns to dust - that is the physicality.

    With ancestry time is implied, what I am more interested is the time encoded in our DNA - which is evolution. It is also how we have evolved that also contains our linkages to all our ancestors. I think the First Nations people have a greater reverence for ancestry, whereas the West become drawn into destiny - and thus create heinous conceptions such as "manifest destiny".
    Federico 馃悵 脕lvarez San Mart铆n
    22/08/2016 #11 Federico 馃悵 脕lvarez San Mart铆n
    #2 Thanks for your opinion @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit. We value this. This text is displayed for the user to follow the thread of the conversation, but in these cases is not consistent. Thanks for the feedback.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/08/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #6 I just finished my comment with my triad; Home as our Body, Home as our Relationships, Home as our Being, and I read you replying to Irene by writing, "...a place of body has three parts. The Earth Body, The Home Body and The Being Body." The connections never cease to amaze me.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/08/2016 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    Part 2/2 "Home as our Space". I can't experience space without time. This makes more sense for me as I read your description, "we are also willing to create new spaces when we leave one home and move into another. Is not life also like this - and if it is then ancestry becomes much bigger than destiny..." This movement covers space and time. Then there is the Frankl connection with space as the place between stimulus and response. And finally, Home as our Earth, for me is the organic/physical aspect of a "living space". My mind is fractally creating triads of home; Home as our Body, Home as our Relationships, Home as our Being. Thanks, as always, for inspiring me to think Manjit.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/08/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    Part 1/2 Thank you @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit for your holistic and thought provoking (pun intended) work. My comment will express a breakdown or fragments of your work that I am drawn to during this first reading. I have never heard the description of our mind expressed more than "open" or "closed". I appreciate you adding "living". Yes Manjit, I do appreciate your home triad. And interestingly, as you mention @Ali Anani, his last Buzz asks us to "think" about whether thoughts are energy or mass. Your Home as our Thought, seems to incorporate both. You write, "...if our home is an expression of life, our life is written into the walls itself." This a beautifully written and powerful statement and has brought up all the connotations of a "living" home, not just a closed or open one. Also the connotation of the imprint of experiences of joy and pain. Interesting that in the old testament a house and the walls and stones of the house are depicted in the same way as when there is a description of skin disease, a disease that not only effects human beings but also houses. Often I use the imagery of a house when I work with individuals who are dealing with issues of identity. The house represents themselves and all the rooms in that house as different aspects of themselves. Of course, it is always necessary to do this at different times and see the similarities and differences of the imagery. I thought you might enjoy reading this poem. https://theheartofawakening.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/poem-of-the-week-the-guest-house-by-rumi/
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    22/08/2016 #7 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #5 Dear Irene, you will love Hector and Search for Happiness, it is a rare movie that is funny yet profound at the same time.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    22/08/2016 #6 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    A "place of inclusiveness" is better referenced as body IMHO. A place of thought is as I see it, as is a place for space i.e. the meaning of home, but a place of body has three parts. The Earth Body, The Home Body and The Being Body

    The Home as a body - Is your core body - this is different from home as a space which is the meaning generated. Think thought as mind, think space as spirit but think earth, home and being as body. We love metaphors but are not good with physicality.

    It is easy to see our being as body because of what we can transplant between bodies, but I can't give another human being my brain. It is easy to see home as core body - these are real walls. Earth however is filled with animals, plants and rocks - real stuff that we don't need to humanize but appreciate.

    These thoughts are flowing from my learning journey. You are Irene Hackett - your name is tied to what you engage at BeBee. I am trading away personal brand for this learning journey. There is a huge sacrifice involved there but for the next three years I am prepared to choose this.

    I am not a follower of Jiddu Krishnamurti but I recognize what he means by "The Observer is the Observed". Krishnamurti could afford to be on his learning journey because others supported him. Very few people are of independent means, if food needs to be put on the table then do not surrender personal brand. Just because I can, makes me an exception and not a rule.

    Otherwise observe but don't be influenced by me - observe why you are influenced and that truth of that.

    Regards
    Manjit
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    22/08/2016 #2 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #1 Funny, in reality I did not delete an actual comment, I deleted a link which I decided would be better placed in Irene Hackett's buzz. The producer cannot yet hide "The User has deleted this comment" comment - so hope @Federico 馃悵 脕lvarez San Mart铆n View more
    #1 Funny, in reality I did not delete an actual comment, I deleted a link which I decided would be better placed in Irene Hackett's buzz. The producer cannot yet hide "The User has deleted this comment" comment - so hope @Federico 馃悵 脕lvarez San Mart铆n has something in the works sometime in the future where the producer can choose to hide these deletions. Just because people use a comment box does not mean that they are comments. I am not saying delete the deleted but hide - that way the producer can also hide compliments, mainly because I personally want to focus on the thoughts that make me think. Emoticons like hearts are becoming the defacto way of expressing the love. Even where we do have the facility to hide buzzes, what we hide does not effect what others see - so I don't see any difference between me choosing to hide a comment, with hiding a buzz. Only I see that. That is also why I love Twitter's application of HIDE as a personal preference - it really does allow me to focus my affinity. Close
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    22/08/2016 #1 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Dear @Irene Hackett, as promised, I have finished writing "Living Concrete"
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    Thinking Our Disruption
    Thinking Our DisruptionBuzz Submitted by : Ali AnaniBuzz: Disruption of ThinkingPowerful Buzz that utilizes Plants as a focal point about Disruption When one is writing a buzz about plant brains and plant consciousness i.e. plants suffer pain, this is an especially...
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    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    17/08/2016 #14 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #11 Daer David, ultimately we as free thinking individuals must contend with the media virus or the parasitic nature of economic or special interest. That contending is our own disruption and how we we handle that disruption is what really tests and boils the fermentation of our own wisdom - whether like a gas that wisdom dissipates or a like a liquid is shared in social bottles or hardens as scars - it is an ongoing awakening. The AND is disruption and PEACE. In that "AND" is the roots of wisdom. There is safety in numbers yes, but this thinking our disruption is ours alone - and that can either transform into huge personal cost or a rare human freedom.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    17/08/2016 #13 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #12 Dear Anees such is this wisdom that we end up on the read least traveled but most wise - and why is it least traveled? For that we must engage our own heart and mind, but our societal values treat such engagement as a threat - look at the history of human thinking and why even rational scientists burn their own, or innovators come under fire or thinkers silenced because they disturb the mind. The economic reality we live in affords us the choice to find the least traveled paths, and when I choose that path the decision and consequences are mine and mine alone. This is the most disruptive we can be and that disruption must be biologically and psychologically managed within us.
    Anees Zaidi
    17/08/2016 #12 Anees Zaidi
    Dear @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit @Ali Anani and other valued commentators, I missed to notice this great buzz that I regret. Disruption of thinking is to 'challenge status quo'. I see @Ali Anani's buzz with this insight. @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit rightly said 'he introduces plants as a disruptive topic'. However, @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit's inquest of plant science not as a 'disruption' but as an 'intelligence' led me to do some homework. 'Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years Of Plant Life and the Human Imagination', British author Richard Mabey make us see 'that plants are as thrilling as animals and have been key to our relationship with the world'. (http://books.wwnorton.com/books/The-Cabaret-of-Plants/). Plants can regenerate when 90 percent of their bodies have been eaten away. They can have sex at long distances and communicate with approximately 20 more senses than an animal has. Mimosa plants, long known as the "sensitive plant" able to "remember" the difference between an apparent and a real threat, and retained this discrimination in their memory. Famous experiment done by Monica Gagliano a plant physiologist, or "plant neuro-biologist," as she likes to call herself. These two buzzes have led to me think about my own thinking on plants intelligence and I have ordered the book and I eagerly look forward to my 'disruptive holidays' next month :))
    David Navarro L贸pez
    17/08/2016 #11 Anonymous
    #10 I am grateful for the wisdom you share with us, @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    With very few words you have been able to explain a very deep concept, "an AND not an OR"
    To act like a parasite to nature, or respectfully, to be tolerant or not, to be pessimistic or optimistic, are all of them attitudes, positive or negative, constructive or destructive, and those are things one can choose.
    If I would select a person with positive/constructive attitude to join me in life, business, etc, it is logical to think that the rest of the world would do the same.
    So it is obvious that when I choose an attitude, I am choosing as well the type of life I want.
    Therefore, we choose our life AND our life chooses us.
    I believe is a wonderful thought that would add value to the buzz of @Ali Anani https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/we-plan-and-destiny-laughs
    In all, I am happy and grateful to be here enjoying such a quality "honey"
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    17/08/2016 #10 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #9 The key for me in what @馃悵 Fatima Williams, Mohammed Sultan and @David Navarro L贸pez demonstrate is the awesome power human beings have been given compared to other species and how we have ended up wasting that power by assuming a God like position over nature. That is where David is spot on that our response to this power has been way too parasitic, but that is what underpins the Socratic idea of "know thyself" - Fatima, Mohammed and David are three human beings are exercising the mind, heart and spirit in the wonder of it all, recognizing that there are new ways of seeing, hearing and feeling - especially to the wonder of it all. (Where all is a constant surprise, where what we think we know is constantly revised by what we learn). This development is a constant iteration, as well as moving forward and back, learning and unlearning. The value of metacognition is that it allows us to do this at human speed rather than group level. We are inseparable from nature and we are by-products of the universe. There is a tremendous humility in that but yet we are also blessed with tremendous gifts of awareness and nuanced intelligence - and these are disruptive ripples. David asks "Do we choose our life, or our life chooses us?" Yet the only place that question truly lives is within - and how we come to that answer should enable that question to be an AND not an OR.
    Ali Anani
    16/08/2016 #9 Ali Anani
    I look forward to the response of @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit first, but the new comments by @馃悵 Fatima Williams, @Mohammed Sultan and David @David Navarro L贸pez are very rich and open new lines of thinking.
    David Navarro L贸pez
    16/08/2016 #8 Anonymous
    Among many other things, and according to this, two concepts have impacted me the most about the information presented here.
    -The concept explained by Michio Kaku (I have already ordered his book, The future of the Mind) saying 鈥淭he consciousness is the number of feedback loops required to create a model of your position in space with relationship to other organisms and finally, in relationship to time鈥
    In connection to this, Stefano Mancuso shows that plants, although they don鈥檛 have specific organs, are conscious too, as they act precisely the same way, but much more sophisticatedly than humans.
    This concept impacted me because it is one of my lately preferred issues I like to think about, and is describing very accurately something that I was just starting to have some clue of.
    -The concept explained by Michael Pollan, about looking at us (humans) from the perspective from another species to understand our own position in the world.
    Paraphrasing his speech, we humans think we are the top of creation, whilst from the point of view of the corn, the corn has manipulated us to be actively destroying thousands of acres of trees, a natural competitor to corn due to soil and sun, to make the corn specie to spread much more than ever.
    Quite the same way than bees think they are choosing the flowers they want, whilst the flowers, evolving their geometry, colour, flavour and smell, are manipulating the bees to spread their seeds.
    It has been a smack directly in my face, awakening me from the dream that humans are the most important for this world, due to our so-called own consciousness and intelligence while we are just parasites.
    Then a major question comes to my mind:
    Do we choose our live, or our lives chooses us?
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit @Ali Anani , thank you for your disruptive minds
    David Navarro L贸pez
    16/08/2016 #7 Anonymous
    The more I learn, the more I perceive I know nothing.
    It seems a philosophical sentence, but in this case, is an absolute truth, as you left me like a little child with my knees trembling about the enormous amount of things I still do not know.
    I am absolutely overwhelmed about all the new (for me) concepts you have brought to the table, which it will take me some months to assimilate.
    @Ali Anani wonders how it can be there are such few comments. No wonder. The buzz itself and the bunch of information contained on it provokes automatically such a disruption on everything humans have taken as an absolute truth, breaking it into pieces, that is not so easy to respond to it with a minimum of common sense, or to add a lot to it, without sounding naive.
    @CityVP Manjit gives as well another ground to it. 鈥淢y responsibility here is metacognition, to think about my own thinking. Even the very paragraph that I have inscribed here...."
    馃悵 Fatima Williams
    16/08/2016 #6 馃悵 Fatima Williams
    I agree with you on this one Mohammed " When the thoughts and the intelligence of dear @Ali Anani & @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit rush upon us without preparation ( I wouldn't say without preparation these days I am prepared) they disrupt our thinking patterns"

    I am still in deep contemplation with the out-pour of thoughts on this one. Another extraordinary buzz - Thinking on disruption. Thank you CityVP Manjit Metacognition is what happens to me when I read your buzzes.

    I would love to quote Aristotle here"The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching" and that is exactly what happens here but your approach is a little different it is a teaching that disrupts our thinking and leads us to reasoning " A reasoning that would allow man to learn every conceivable thing about reality.
    Mohammed Sultan
    16/08/2016 #4 Mohammed Sultan
    @Dear CityVP Mangit our thoughts become disruptive when they create a high degree of change that is not reflecting our true feeling.Innovation also creates a high degree of change in the buyers' day-to-day existence and,so too, disrupts their established routines.Our thoughts are our innovation,will also cause disruption when it conflicts with our held beliefs,and in order to settle in our minds they should either have a new path or considered as replacement.When your thoughts and the intelligence of dear @ Ali Anani rush upon us without preparation they will disrupt our thinking patterns.Your thoughts are always disruptive as you always are dear CityVP Magnit.
    Ali Anani
    16/08/2016 #3 Ali Anani
    I am reading this post again as it scrolled in front of my eyes. A post of this quality should stretch our minds and I find it extremely unfortunate that this buzz drew few comments. Engage your minds in a most powerful buzz.
    Ali Anani
    02/08/2016 #2 Ali Anani
    Having read this buzz again, and watched one video I am revisiting with this segment of the buzz capturing my attention "My greatest takeaway is two fold, one is valuing the role of disruption but also in focusing on disruption in thinking, to seriously think about our disruption. In order to innovate disruption is a necessary injection of change, but in order to appreciate science we need to close the door on disruptive behaviour - here disruption is about the process and not the person "!!! We always talk about the triad Imagine-innovate-create, but @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit adds here a hugely important point hat in order to innovate you must have disruptive thinking to make substantial and impacting change. The triad is enriched with disruptive thinking. Still, so much more to ponder on
    Ali Anani
    02/08/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    Dear @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit- this is a powerful buzz and I am honored to have had any influence in its writing. As it is well beyond midnight I shall re-read the buzz FIRST thing in the morning. For now, this quote from your buzz "My greatest takeaway is two fold, one is valuing the role of disruption but also in focusing on disruption in thinking, to seriously think about our disruption" is super and need attentive reading to dive into its full depth. I thank you and hoping that Part 2 shall be published soonest so that I may enjoy both
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    The Sins of Science
    The Sins of ScienceBuzz Submitted by : Milos DjukicArticle: The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientistsExcellent Insights in the Vox Great article linked by good friend Milos and like many areas of life, science also is facing its...
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    Milos Djukic
    18/07/2016 #8 Anonymous
    Thank you very much @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit, great idea and the continuation of your thinking. You're a great scientific communicator! Your post is a must read for all. Cheers, Milos
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    16/07/2016 #7 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    Finally figured out how to share a buzz without having to email the share https://www.bebee.com/content/671035/662170 this @Milos Djukic original buzz which linked to the Vox article. I still have yet to read the other article Vox wrote linked above.
    Ali Anani
    16/07/2016 #6 Ali Anani
    #5 @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit- yes, I am peering through the pyramid and find it not only adaptive, but also expansive.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    16/07/2016 #5 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #4 Yes! Totally adaptive, totally emergent. I look forward to seeing how this pyramid looks after it has been processed via many articles. The chief benefit here is that I can now go to exhaustive lengths exploring what is essentially a massive comment. For years I loved the idea of the blog being in the comment section, now I get to explore comments in the blog (buzz) section. You have it spot on in your comment "never limit thinking" and more importantly I must understand where it is I may have.
    Ali Anani
    16/07/2016 #4 Ali Anani
    Your opa-like colored pyramid is beauty dear @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit. I like what you wrote "potential meaning and not actual meaning". This is very smart as you are not limiting your thinking to one color and one direction. It is an adaptable pyramid. Great contribution, my friend.
    CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    16/07/2016 #3 CityVP 馃悵 Manjit
    #1 This pyramid will change continuously as I try to describe the content I am accessing and the hierarchical component is 100% play. The base which says Equanimity is simply a frame. Before the frame was Intelligence, so I look for potential meaning and not actual meaning. This is simply playing with chaotic ideas and iteratively moving pieces like a jigsaw - never representing a final picture, but creating an hierarchy of own focus. The spine is important though for that represents Leader, Manager, Thinker - and that itself is an inversion of the typical pyramid that has leader on top. So this is a playful construct, and with each article I explore, the construct will change. It is not saying humanity & culture is more important than design & art, simply my current state positioning of it, which is arbitrary. It is a plaything for my own exploration - helps me think.
    Ali Anani
    16/07/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    @CityVP 馃悵 Manjit- I wonder if you or @Milos Djukic would explain why you selected the titles of the pyramid. For example, on what rational equanimity was selected. This shall be of help to us to understand the behind-curtain thinking of this lovely buzz. Thank you
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    The Paradox Pyramid
    The Paradox PyramidWhat was the Wisdom Pyramid that I used at LinkedIn has now been transformed into The Paradox Pyramid that I will utilize in this hive at BeBee.聽 The net union is noted as the Paradox Wisdom hive, which is complimentary to my Renaissance Hive - both...
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