We see the world we describe. — Joseph Jaworski, Synchronicity
We See the World We Describe
It's important to highlight a crucial principle that runs through the forward-thinking and space beyond boundaries approaches that I advocate in my writing and work: "We see the world we describe."
The author of Synchronicity and Founder of Generon International, Joseph Jaworski, explains it this way:
It is through language that we create the world because it's nothing until we describe it. And when we describe it, we create distinctions that govern our actions. To put it another way, we do not describe the world we see, but we see the world we describe.
So many conversations in today's world focus on content, not context. We start with problems or decisions instead of new context-setting questions.
As a result, our conversations quickly devolve into "my way or your way" instead of new possibilities and solutions that work for everyone.
We're all so busy running around with our heads filled with content that we leave no room for context. We are so convinced we see things as they are that we defend our positions instead of listening.
Our autopilot keeps us choosing the least-action pathways. We take the easy and known path instead of engaging in context-setting deeper conversations.
We have all largely overlooked our opportunity and ability to create something better collectively.
When we choose to change from the inside out, it equips us all to listen to each other and have a bigger conversation to solve our most complex challenges.
Making a conscious choice to create a world where every voice matters, everyone thrives and finds meaning, and change and innovation happen naturally can lead us forward in the 21st century.
— BillBill Fox, billfox.co
We live in content daily—in life and in business. The idea is when you can make this distinction between the context of the conversation and the content of the conversation, then you can step back and you will create a space for new possibilities. — Dianne Collins, The Future of the Workplace