entering the dark places

The “adjacent possible” is theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman’s wonderful term for all the myriad paths unlocked by every novel discovery, the multitude of universes hidden inside something as simple as an idea.’*

‘Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.’**

I came across Stuart Kauffman‘s adjacent possible a few years ago and loved it straightaway.  It spoke to me of the multitude of universes I found hidden inside the lives of the people I met.

These dark and secret places open to our humility, as Edgar Schein so well identifies:

‘Humble inquiry maximises my curiosity and interest in the other person and minimises bias and preconceptions about the other person.’^

(*From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(**Frederick Buechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^From Edgar Schein’s Humble Inquiry.)

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