When you gain look for what you lose

When you gain look for what you lose

I believe that one of the most disturbing aspects of us is our tendency to look for what we lose when we gain. Likewise; not searching for what we gain when we lose. This puts us out of balance and leads to the distortion of our lives.

The motive for writing this buzz resulted from reading the buzz of Jerry Fletcher today titled “The Overlooked Dimension”. To keep things simple, we tend to see the relationship of two variable in a 2-D graph. We gain simplicity, but we miss understanding. If we use 3-D graph we gain better insights, but we lose simplicity. The balance of opposites is running under the surface and away from direct observation.

History is full of examples. Our lives have may evidences to show this is the case where one event sends us out of our balance and we lose. When we are happy we forget that the roots of sadness are growing beneath the surface. We see the tree growing, but we overlook what is going with the roots and the root of problems as well.

When we are happy we forget that the roots of sadness are growing beneath the surface. When we are happy we forget that the roots of sadness are growing beneath the surface. When we are happy we forget that the roots of sadness are growing beneath the surface. This leads to the disruption of our lives, the loss of our resilience and the depletion of our self-confidence.

“When we are happy we forget that the roots of sadness are growing beneath the surface
Ali Anani

We lose jobs and become gloomy, desperate and reach depression. We forget what we gain as we have more time to think of new opportunities to connect with our friends, to strengthen family ties and search for better opportunities. We sink in despair and fail to see the light of the emerging opportunities. When we make profits fast we become greedy and fail to see the new risks till they grow and we end up losing our wealth. You probably heard of “The 72 Rule”. It states that you may double your wealth by dividing 72 over the percentage of the growth of your profits. This happens in the stock market. Some markets allow for 15% of daily profits. So, if you start investing USD 1000 the amount shall double to USD 2000 over 72 divided by 15%. In about five days you double your investment. If the market keeps performing then your investment shall double again in almost five days. Wow! As you see your capital growing and greed becomes a prominent factor. Soon, the market collapses and your capital id depleted. Why? Because we lose balance eying profits with disregard to risks.

The social cycles over centuries hasn’t changed. Creative people generate profitable ideas to be exploited by the alert investors. Soon, those investors accumulate wealth and 20% of the people own 80% of the wealth. The result is destabilization of the society and riots start. The rule of force becomes the dominant force to control rioters leading to the disruption of the society and to the emergence of new social order. When 20% of people own 89% of the wealth it means the creation of asymmetrical voids in the structure of the society. The roots begin to grow in these voids and lead the cracking of society.

The complexity of our lives relates to our tendencies to go the extremes and losing insight of goes on under the surface. Let ma take for example our societies. People are getting more connected. This gain increased degree of connection means that societies may become less agile because of their “heavy” structure and become more fragile. When there is a rising wave, look for the sinking wave.

When there is a rising wave, look for the sinking wave
Ali Anani


Connectedness increases and resilience decreases and vice versa. When connectedness reaches the top of the wave, resilience reaches its bottom.

This is like the prey-predator system. When the predators reach their maximum, the preys reach their lowest level. Too many predators and few preys. Soon, the predators shall have no preys to feed on and they die. If we consider connectedness as the predator then the resilience is the prey which is eaten by the predator. We can plot these two variables on a 2-D graph, but then we lose insights for simplicity.

Resilience decreases with wealth accumulation, as I explained above and is evidenced from the 72 Rule and the four society cycles. When wealth is in the hands of the 20% of population, the resilience also goes down.


Now, we have three variables: connectedness, resilience and capital. To show their interactions we put them on 3-D graph to reflect their interactions. The waves merge to produce the Adaptive Cycle of all complex systems.


Going back to the social cycles, the exploitation of creative business ideas by few sharp investors lead to the accumulation of wealth in few hands. No more preys for the predators. Conservation initiates and the deprived people riot and release their anger. This leads to the disruption of the societal structure and reorganization of the society.

We all need to learn our lessons. Big companies that captured a huge share of the market lost their adaptability resilience and adaptability to change. They became too heavy to move. This led to many of them turning into dinosaurs. People with inflated pride should be careful for the sinking pride of others will allow the hidden part of the wave to emerge and turn the pride into despaie.

Either we keep our balance or will be disrupted by our blindness to the arriving waves.



#52 Resilience is in the variety. The resilience capacity is based on variety. Somebody might ask "so, why don't we go by the opinion of the 20&?"
My answer is first we need to diversify and then make sure that we go with the active majority. Bees do it well when selecting a new location. The scouting bees identify many candidate sites and then they have a waggle dance to select the optimal location. We need to ride the wave of nature.

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Harvey Lloyd 11/6/2018 · #52

#51 “When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin

Democracy is about the group and the ideas that they can bring forward to grow society. The twist is when the group is ruled over the individual. This is the inflection point that wars begin.

Groups must recognise that they can become a vacuum or echo chamber. This is the risk. Diversity is the answer to preventing this very human tribalism tyranny. We need opposing thoughts and views so that we may forge great ideas not just ideas. Opposition though, is tough to hear. I believe the videos and thoughts shared is a way to approach the opposition and have them join a success oriented critique.

I agree with Pareto's view but i think we tend to think of the rule in isolation. The distribution is based on level of need within the group. I also believe that the twenty percent change as needs change. In other words members of the 80% step up to the call of need when their confidence and skills permit. The battle within the rule seems to stem from Conscientiousness and Openness.

In leadership we need both of these perspectives to insure success. But balance is difficult to maintain so we see the ebb and flow of the two paradigms within the 20%. I would submit that if we inventoried the people within the 20% it is changing over time. Most likely from within.

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Your comment made a comment emerge in my mind. Is democracy a worthy democracy? Democracy is to abide by the opinion of the majority. This is negating with the Pareto Rule that the few (20%) make the most effect (80%). How come we go by the numbers and not the impact? Groupthink may result in a majority that is superficial. People may choose to go with the majority for a host of reasons such as fear of rejection and isolation and so an not to appear odd. The attraction and pulling power of the majority might be a meaningless approach to democracy. This is a paradox that is worthy of looking into. I wonder what you think @Harvey Lloyd

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Harvey Lloyd 11/6/2018 · #50

#48 My last six months have been a total immersion in the dynamics of groups and has lead me to the individual and their narrative. Specifically how the narrative of what i now see as sacred truths that they carry. I also identified within a lengthy review how we need a level of tribalism and security within the tribe. But this can become acute and self destructive if we are not open to new concepts and ideas.

Today's social media allow us the contact to display our context in varying ways. But most importantly i believe i have learned that it is the sacred truths, not shared, but identified through context where you become defensive.

The battle of the undiscussed sacred truths between groups is the new norm. The two videos(And a lot more research) helped me understand that our communication within this new paradigm must change. We do need to focus on the individual and stop media from trying to group us under their needs for money, power or politics.

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#47 Thank you for your sharing the buzz @Harvey Lloyd. More, I thank you for the invitation to get immersed in the discussions here, in which you are playing a pivotal role.

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#46 I have just watched the two videos you recommended for me (one in your comment and the other in your private message). I enjoyed them immensely.
The videos and your comment will urge me to change the theme of my next buzz. I want to discuss now how an individual develops and then interacts with others and then the resulting community interacts with the world. I have a rather strong belief now that unless the individual is interacting well with self he/she shall not interact well with the group or community and the emerging community shall fail to interact well with its ecosystem.
The interactions of individuals far results in the group interaction and so rather than try to improve the group culture, which is an emerging one and therefore uncontrollable, to enhancing the capacities of the individual.
I believe corrccting societal issues may be only achieved by upgrading the individual.

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Harvey Lloyd 11/6/2018 · #47

Self awareness levels is one of the virtues that seems to attach to success as we look through history. @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee is exposing us to one part of this discussion as we look into our own footprint within success. Come join, your thoughts may be the catalyst for change and new thought.

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Harvey Lloyd 11/6/2018 · #46

#44 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SOQduoLgRw
The topic you are discussing here is a major issue within our systems social responsibility. The video and the man presenting is focused on this issue. We are in a existential crisis according to his research. The video can speak for itself.

With further reading and review the most interesting fact coming from this discussion and research is that we are hardwired to be religious. Not the religion we would subscribe to the organized religions of the world. But rather we are all religious as we stand upon sacred truths within our metaphysical existence.

Our ancestors were aware of this phenomenologically not necessarily biologically. Humans have the innate ability to form groups around these sacred truths. Religion is the gathering of groups to a common set of sacred truths that allows them to prosper through truth and trust. When we divide ourselves into smaller groups with desperate sacred truths, we then begin to have fractious debate in attempt to shut the other side down. If one side wins we all lose.

The irony of this is the sciences have pitted themselves against this thought process and the biology of the human. This process has been detrimental to society as we have forgotten, that which is sacred will cause wars.

Maybe our conversations, as i sense you are directing us to, should be focused on what is sacred within mankind.

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