Paradigm: A distinct pattern, a conceptual format, a thought framework.
We are surrounded by paradigms. We have our own, and use them frequently, more often than not without even thinking. 😀
It’s very difficult to communicate effectively with others unless you get a sense of what paradigms motivate their behaviors and attitudes. Even then when you add environmental elements into a given moment, every previous logical conceptual path becomes null and void. 🙂
Play the game.
Two loaded words right there, PLAY and GAME connote, denote, infere frivolity…
if you want.
Paradigms. Big and small.
Professional sports; college athletics. When they play the game it’s serious.
So “play the game” means different things depending on the context.
Yes. No. Sort of.
Second graders at recess “play the game,” that’s not serious, right?
The hell it’s not! Ask them. When a consensus of kids deem a “do over” is in order to protect the integrity of a game, a “do over” shall be done, or you will be in violation of Playground Ethics 101.
This essence of what we think and believe comes from our logistical perspective, and is influenced in varying degrees by our personal paradigms and environmental context.
Habits of the mind. I know some people are really busy living their life and don’t have time to contemplate what they think and why they think what they think and believe. But it is important, right?
Maybe not. 😀
Which reminds me. I’ve been reading about the Jewish prophets and their contemporaries, and the thoughts and ideas that existed before their lives, before the concept of “God,” (as in the monotheistic being that dominates Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theology.)
The paradigms that existed in their times and where they lived very much influenced their writings and how they expressed what they thought and what they believed. Even then when other people revised those writings, it was with the intent to fit the paradigms of their lives and the lives of others they were hoping to influence.
Paradigms. What do you believe? Why do you believe that?
Something that struck me as very interesting in those readings is that all the early prophets that I have read about so far, lived solitary lives and they were all reluctant prophets. They didn’t want to spread the Word. It wasn’t even the Word; it was only thoughts that they believed. One of the reasons for their solitary lives was they were always telling people things they didn’t want to hear.
I would have been a great prophet 🙂 Maybe I am 😀
Master of the Moment!