Through a light drizzle
a grey expanse of sky shines—
a grim, grim car-scape.
I found this video by Elliott Connie useful! Elliott is a Solution Focussed Couple therapist.
Bud, a psychodrama colleague recommended the video, on Shane Birkel’s Facebook page.
Here a a bit of Bud’s summary:
… the vital importance of the difference between a goal for therapy and a desired outcome. He discuses it in the context of working with a couple who appeared to have mutually opposing or exclusive goals.
What a simple idea, and perhaps something we already know in an illusive way. Elliott’s teaching and examples in the video are just excellent.
$1,000,000 = Goal
Peace of mind = Outcome
Gets me thinking… he is showing us an example of assisting people to deeper into their being and sharing more. I like the SF questions.
I wonder if couples themselves using the universal space opening question: “Is there more?” would go from the goal to the outcome?
That way couple can do their own deep listening, with one question: Is there more?
This can be done – partner to partner. If they succeed they may get more confidence and hope for their relationship.
If they don’t… it is good for the therapist to have SFT at the ready.
Rūaumoko – Wikipedia
— Read on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rūaumoko
Structural Differential — Alfred Korzybski.
Tim O’Reilly: Let me go back to George Simon because a lot of what he taught was a kind of mental discipline that was rooted in a model of how consciousness happens. It was framed somewhat in the language of Alfred Korzybski’s general semantics. Korzybski drew this wonderful diagram – it was actually a tool he used to train people – that he called the structural differential.
Korzybski’s fundamental idea was that people are stuck in language, but language is about something. And so, he represented what he called the process of abstraction so that people could ask themselves, “Where am I in that process?” So, the first part of the structural differential was a parabola, and the reason why it was a parabola is because reality is infinite, but we can’t take in all of reality.
And so, hanging from the parabola was a circle, and the circle was our experience, which is our first abstraction from reality. And then, hanging from the circle are a bunch of label-shaped tags – multiple strings of them – and these are the words that we use to describe our experience.
Korzybski’s training was for people to recognize when they were in the words, when they were in the experience, and when they were open to the reality. George mixed that in with this work of Sri Aurobindo, who was an Indian sage, and had come up with a model that integrated a spiritual view of this, and a practice which was just listening and being open to the unknown.
Maybe not everything should be privatized.
The Jacobin magazine response by Matt Bruenig is worth reading:
Nice response, but I think he has a misguided approach to ownership. This bit got me blogging:
I am compelled to respond to this article in the Guardian.
Subtitle of the OpEd by Suzanne Moore:
Marx is all very well, but to effect real change Sigmund Freud’s modern tools of self-examination hold the answersContinue reading “20th Century Individualism — Freud”
Apollo 8 photo, Stewart Brand’s ability to tune in.
It was a turning point for me, I turned 24 that year and was ready to soak up this new ethos.
I have the WEC to thank for the creation of Chippenham.
And I got the inspiration for Four Avenues School from the catalogue.
Now a closer look!
See the subtitle.
Access to tools.
That was inspired but sadly twisted. What if there had been no McCarthy era? What is marxism had not been brutally suppressed. What if marxism had not been confused with the bastardisation of Stalinism? What if Timothy Leary had advocated to tune in and organise!
Access to tools would have had the same meaning as ownership of the means of production.
We would not be accessing shovels and pumps and video cameras. The real tools are the technical and social processes that create things. The tools that make the tools.
So Stuart was onto something, but it was a strange mixture of hope and despair as the ethos of individualism and personal solutions predominated even as the earth was envisioned whole. It was not the guide to saving the planet that it might have been.
The wisdom on the inside cover: We are as gods and might as well get good at it. So grand in its vision! So sad to think of us trying to grow veggies in our back yard as a revolutionary act.
Imagine if the ethos of love and care that was lavished onto the beauty of chisels and rolling pins was turned to re-imagining the globalising means of production. That too is a wondrous but twisted creation. Imagine if we could collaborate for our social product to be for the people and not for profit. Imagine if distribution of the product of those tools was equal. Imagine if the state, was also re-imagined as the servant of the people instead of the servant of the rich.
Lets visualise the tools on the planet… all those processes, manufacturing and media, design, health, education, distribution. Yes it would be great if we had true access!
Looking at old posts I found a link to NetFuture… a zine from 2001
Look at this:Continue reading “Reminiscing the NetFuture – and notes on qualitative science”
Listened to the meeting: Yanis Varoufakis with Shami Chakrabarti (2018 Event) found it uplifting.
Just ordered it from Scorpio