Rings of Experience
A better description of the unknown-unknown quadrant in the Johari Window came to my mind upon observing the concentric bubbles of water in the sea, As we move from the center towards the circumference the diameter of the circles gets bigger and bigger. Theses concentric circles represent the unknown-unknown reality much better.
So, my first step was to observe concentric circles in nature. I gathered many examples and collected them in the cover page of this post. The two examples that captured my attention are the spider web and the tree rings.
Spider web is an amazing web for it has amazing strength. Spiders capture us in their nets to tell us how little we know if we look outwards, Spiders in thousand may construct a huge web that represents the web created by many different sciences.
The tree rings offer different perception.
These rings may be uniform, symmetrical or deformed and asymmetrical. Life can be pretty tough on a tree! Drought, excessive rain, fire, insect plagues and disease epidemics, injuries, thinning, air pollution, all leave their mark on a tree's annual growth rings. The tree grows in diameter because it manufactures new cells around its circumference, not because the old cells get larger.
The diameter of the rings is quite telling, Each year, the tree forms new cells, arranged in concentric circles called annual rings or annual growth rings. These annual rings show the amount of wood produced during one growing season. The alternation of colors between dark and light and the width of the color zone inform more on the length of time allowed for rings to form in spring and summer. The lighter color is for spring growth. The more the rings are distorted or shifted from the center, the harsher the harsher the environment prevailing during the growth of growth was.
Rings of human experiences
The experience pyramid consists of the layers of experience leading to beliefs and then to actions that shape up the emerging culture. This culture determines the results of what we do on all levels.
Our experiences are related to our needs. We cannot feel spirituality if we are starving for basic (deficiency needs) has the upper priority over growth needs, If these basic needs are dissatisfied we might still grow under harsh condition as tree rings do. Our experiences shall be centered, symmetrical or uniform.
We associate our needs to the Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs. To make this pyramid more relevant to this post I introduced its redrawing as per the image below.
The above thinking persuaded me to add the needs to the pyramid of experience as the image below shows. As the needs vary so the experience pyramid does for the output of need from The Maslow’s Pyramid is the input for the Experience pyramids. There is a feedback effect disguised here.
Disruptive situations such as the one we are facing with corona also disrupt the pyramid of needs. We all feel the need for safety and social closeness because of the lockdown that keep us indoors resulting in enhancing the need for social belonging. Not only that because social distancing causes host of health problems as research has concluded. This in turn enhances the needs for our wellness and the disruption of sound thinking.
Needs are rapidly cascading into other needs that we need to be attentive to. The emerging needs to have solid and antifragile characters to cope with these situations and many people fail to do this. Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris pointed out in a comment on in a post I published recently. He wrote “don't worry about Ali. He's indestructible! :-) While other people have gone quiet during this difficult time, he wrote an e-book! If that's not antifragility & creativity, I don't know what is! I am referencing this comment here because it defines antifragility in simple terms. I wonder if people who have never reached the growth needs level if they can be antifragile. We know that a high percentage of people are only worried about their basic needs; however, these needs are far from being satisfied in the corona virus times. Disruption is happening at all levels.
There is a social disparity resulting from these observations. People who have never experienced the fulfilling of their growth needs mean that the resulting experiences that lead to their belief, which dictate their actions and results are dispatched from the needs of those fortunate people who experienced self-growth.
As for the fortunate people we change the basic needs with basic and growth needs. And so, their resulting experiences, beliefs, actions and results shall be different than those for the unfortunate people.
This may explain the widening gaps in the web in the social web and its subsequent degrading results.
I here suggest that the experience curve is better presented in a rings format resembling those of trees. The new visual I am suggesting is
Our knowledge, needs and experiences all fit within a ring structure. Do you agree?