Blog entry by Alan Chapman
Improvement Cycles Universality
Most great thinking, creativity, and pioneering (in any field) is universal.
This means that the teachings of great thinking, creativity, and pioneering (in any field) can be applied to anything.
For example, look at the work/lives of the following, and you will see that the lessons can be adapted and used for anything anywhere: Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, Fiona Oakes, Wim Hof, Stephen Hawking, Jim Peebles, Shakespeare, Picasso, Erik Erikson, Amelia Earhart, Elie Wiesel, Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janice Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Einstein, Florence Nightingale, Alan Turing, Norbert Wiener, Marian Partington, John Keates, Erling Kagge, Edith Eger, Eva Mozes Kor, John Bunzl, Stephen Jenkinson, Tolstoy, Albert Camus, Rosa Parks, Mandela, Chomsky, Malala, Kazimierz Dabrowski, Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle, etc., just a few examples among thousands of people whose work inspires and cascades to millions of people.
Actually (obviously) everything is universal, which is another story.
Fractals is a good way to explore this, and that whether we attempt to explain the universe from an infinitely small perspective, or infinitely large perspective, we end up at the same place - that humans don't understand it in terms of science, nor can we express/explain it in terms of science.
Look at the featured image. It represents the infinitely small, and the infinitely large, as well as conveying something of the complexities and beauties of fractals and cycles of change, as fractals, rather than linear (a straight line, as we are taught/conditioned - very wrongly - to believe).
Another way to to explain this is to show someone a grain of sand, or a tree, or ask for a definition of the words love, life or death..... Impossible to put into human language of words.
Everything simply 'is'. Including us. Ancient wisdoms and cultures have a better appreciation of all this than the 'modern' and 'western' world, which is now effectively global.
'Conscious evolution' is an example of many new ways emerging now to approach thinking about the future of humanity, and the cycles of improvement and universality.
Cycles of Improvement
Central in the lives and work of all the people mentioned above is their growth based on personal disintegrations of some sort.
We can 'learn' knowledge, but we can only grow through experience.
Knowledge that is not directly experienced is not the same as growth as a person.
Growth as a person is how we become fearless.
Some of the 'cleverest' people are the most fearful.
What would you prefer: lots of money, or fearlessness?
In today's times of labelling and diagnosis for pharmaceutical or 'western' health interventions, all of the above people could easily be described as 'mentally ill'. Such is the difference of genius and of true pioneers. Indeed many of the above actually succumbed to life-ending psychological traumas, because their work was so demanding, and also so under-valued in their own lifetimes. Explore heresy and heretics if you want to understand this more.
The famous 'Forming Storming Norming Performing' model of Bruce Tuckman, 1965 is a fine example of the universal application of great thinking.
As stated above, all great thinking is adaptable and universally applicable.
Bruce Tuckman's model is simply a good example:
Bruce Tuckman's model was originally used to understand and explain how teams develop.
Explore it and then consider how it also applies to humanity, which is a huge team of 7.8billion people, and all the systems that humans have created:
"In demographics, the world population is the total number of humans currently living, and was estimated to have reached 7,800,000,000 people as of March 2020. It took over 2 million years of human history for the world's population to reach 1 billion, and only 200 years more to reach 7 billion." (Wikipedia, Oct 2020)
Think about it.