Wednesday, December 26, 2007

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

....... R. Buckminster Fuller, *Critical Path*

Thanks to Rob Breszny for pointing me in the direction of this quote. He is my favorite astrologer.

How does a person go about resisting the urge to fight the existing reality? First have a look at existing reality, a clear eyed, clear hearted look. You can't flinch. You can't look in some other direction, hoping the change will happen without first really seeing what IS.

Well, I guess you can. I've tried looking away, hoping the existing reality would just disappear, but somehow, it never works that way for me. To build a model that makes the old ways obsolete requires that I know the old model like the back of my hand. Ouch!

Of course I'm as deluded as the next human, but sometimes I get a clear view, a glimpse of the "real world." Whoa ... the experience is like a cold drink tossed right into the face. Bracing! Invigorating! ... Humbling! Brilliant. Thanks, Bucky.

Happy Boxing Day!


Steve said...

This is exactly what my Zen teacher says...really FACE what is, without turning away. It's harder to do than we realize!

Lovely photo, as usual. :)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I guess the only thing we can change is our own way of seeing and thinking about a thing.

Beautiful tree reflection!

Barbara said...

It seems fairly idealistic to think one can actually design a new path. I will content myself with coexisting with what I find to be imperfect. I'm not convinced I can change the world.

D.C. Confidential said...

Ugh. Fuller's quote totally captures my dismal experience in this town. I guess that's been my problem: I've been fighting the existing reality when I should have just been accepting it. As for building new models, I've tried that. Maybe I haven't tried hard enough or my new model hasn't been original enough to obliterate the existing one. I don't know. All I know is, working in this town makes me so very tired and leaves me feeling like Barbara said: "not convinced I can change the world" or even influence positively my little corner of it.