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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Change: cause or effect ??

The draft version of my blog on Fatigue had 2 additional lines which I deleted in the final version: “To some extent, I think, feel and believe that the topics of “stress” and “Change” are related. The ever accelerating speed of Change in the Technological Revolution of 1800-2100 keeps on increasing stress loads.” This diagram visualizes the impact of Change, fatigue and fear.

Change is at the heart of everything and appears to be a relentless sequence of pressure, stress, fatigue, and surrender.

We measure Change by using the dimensions Time (when) and Space (what, where).

The classical elements of earth, water, air, fire, and aether (sky) have always had a big impact on humans, especially through disasters. Examples: volcanic eruptions and earthquakes (earth), lightning and meteors (sky), drought and flooding (water), and hurricanes and tornadoes (wind).

One could, however, argue whether the classical elements are the cause or the effect of Change. My diagram may suggest that Change is a separate force and an independent “random” cause. I am not so sure. If Change is (temporarily!) measured by the dimensions Time and Space then Change is probably (or: must be?) the effect of all other ingredients.

An example is climate change. The British Geological Society identifies 8 known causes, including human activity – up to a certain extent. Climate change is the effect of these causes. However, humans mostly see climate change as a cause of Change that affects their lives. The question whether climate change is a cause or an effect matters in case of remedial action.

Humans have been separated in my diagram in order to make a connection to Fear. Nearly everything in this diagram adds to human Fear. We often blame Change because we perceive Change as a cause rather than an effect. This might be the reason why humans fight Change. Fighting Change makes no sense when Change is an effect rather than a cause.

If we perceive that everything around us is “alive” then Change automatically becomes an effect. This view is called the Organismic World View, in which the entire Universe is a “metaphor of a living organism” and “behavioral change is inherent in the living organism rather than externally driven” (source). The other 2 philosophical world views are (2) Mechanism and (3) Contextualism.

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” Quote by Albert Einstein

Wind of Change (1991) by Scorpions – artists, FB, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Note: this blog is my 1,000th. Another milestone achieved!


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