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The Map and the Territory

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We are in an era of extremes and with the increasing frequency and intensity of technological advances, natural disasters, and pandemics — and the global impact of conflicts — it feels as if we are all being turned into endurance athletes, with all the exigencies, whether or not we want to be. Meanwhile few have the requisite training, skillset or mindset. 

Much of the status quo is either violently crumbling or quietly melting away — revealing altered environmental and mental landscapes. These rapid changes can tap into aggressive reactions in many who have grown used to zero-sum competition. This is reflected in and adds to the challenges.

“The map is not the territory.”

-Alfred Korzybski

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Not only is the map not the territory that is mapped, but we are often holding onto and paying attention to old maps and paradigms while navigating new territory. Sometimes they still correlate but when they do not, it can be more challenging than not having a map at all. And not only are the old maps and models sometimes misleading, but the territories can change rapidly now, depending on the observers and other factors that shift physical realities.

We seem old-fashioned with so much to unlearn and so young, with so much yet to learn and relearn. Let’s remember this and continue to unlearn with humility and learn with love — and repeat as necessary.❂