Really the door is either open or closed.
Metaphorically speaking, we’re either opening doors for people of closing them:
‘This is competition at its best, reminding us that the word compete comes from the Latin competere, meaning striving together.’*
Peter Senge is offering us an open door to walk through. How often, though, does our culture close doors for most people, from an early point in their lives? In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari concludes his chapter on The Capitalist Creed with the following thoughts:
‘The Industrial Revolution that swept through Europe enriched the bankers an capital-owners, but condemned millions of workers to a life of abject poverty.
Capitalism has two answers to this criticism. First, capitalism has created a world that nobody but a capitalist is capable of running.
The second answer is that just need more patience – paradise, the capitalists promise, is right around the corner.’**
We’re not going to be able to restart the world without capitalism and some would argue the alternative philosophy of communism is even more destructive. What we can do is seek to bring openness where there’s closedness. It’s to be seen whether people like Peter Diamandis bring a different form of capitalism with the kind of openness we need to see introduced:
‘The world’s most precious resource is the persistent and passionate human mind.’^
I hope so.
Seth Godin advises:
‘Don’t wait for it. Pick yourself. Teach yourself.’^^
We need more of this kind of thinking to be shared around, opening doors for people. Erwin McManus urges us to find others:
‘You will go faster and farther when you find your tribe.’*^
Tribes don’t have to be large in number. Some of the best are very small but are places where we can explore openness – the mind, heart and will kind – in playful ways. Eugene Peterson perhaps points out what can happen when we find our tribeship:
‘there is an older wisdom that puts it differently: by changing our behaviour we can change our feelings’.^*
The door still isn’t a jar but it may just be a little more open.
(*From Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)
(**From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)
(^From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(^^From Seth Godin’s Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?)
(*^From Erwin McManus’ The Last Arrow.)
(^*From Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.)