Working Notes of a Practising Neo-Generalist (#26) — On my ‘philosophy of ’ing’
“If anyone can refute me — show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective — I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6:21 (translated by Gregory Hays, The Modern Library, New York)
On my ‘philosophy of ’ing’
In a linear ‘question-answer,’ ‘problem-result’ oriented world, it’s not always easy to explain what my work entails. People often expect clear demarcation lines, but much of what I do is in the ‘in-between’ bits, in the liminal space between either this or that. Fortunately, in Do Design: Why beauty is key to everything, Alan Moore shares, what he calls, The philosophy of ’ing. Here‘s my list of ’ing’s.
My work with senior executives and leadership teams is an emergent blend of:
- Knowing — Not-knowing
- Doing — Un-doing — Allowing
- Becoming … Being
Or, in the words of Richard Buckminster Fuller, it is “a process of emergence by emergency.”
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.