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John S.

What if we rethink the idea that the sun has days
--is new with a new day?
--that its changes are related to days?

Might we think
the sun shines on a new earth each day?

The boiling pot is new each time we lift the lid
yet the bubbles change whether we open the lid or not.
The sun changes while Mercury keeps the same face to the sun.


Roger von Oech

John: What a great "reverse." Fun. Thanks!

John S.

What if we pull a reverse on Roger von Oech (and the multitude who have followed on your mindleaps) and say: “Enough Creativity, what we need is Betteritivity.” Not selectivity. Betterivity.
In at least three senses we already have it. In Childrearing. In Education. In Experience. But that is also true of creativity.
What I am not aware of is exercises like the exercises in Whack and Kick that get us to better ideas in brief sessions. And encourage us to use those methods in the hours and days beyond those sessions and throughout our careers.
(But I suppose I’m just not thinking of the ones I know about and just don’t know about the ones available.)

Roger von Oech

Hello John: I like the idea of "pulling a reverse," saying, for example, "what if we had no more creativity . . . what would the consequences of the be?" I think that would be fun.

I'm not sure, though, what you mean by "betterivity." Is that like the Japanese concept of "kaisen" (continuous improvement)? Or something else?


The new day and life itself require perserverence. "Perseverence is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did"(Newt Gingrich!) sets the tone.

John S.

"Betterivity" is a nonce word for a but partly formed idea.
An idea in need of betterment. Which makes it self-reflexive in a Douglas Hofstadter (Gödel, Escher, Bach) sense.

But even half-formed (and without regard to self-reflexivity) let me try: the art, science, and engineering of improvement.

Or: how to think up improvements.

Or: What Roger von Oech would do if he were not interested in new ideas but only in improvements on old ideas. (As though an improvement on an old idea wasn't a new idea. -- like I said, "half-formed.")

Jim Baxter

The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

Because definitions rule in the minds, behaviors, and
institutions of men, we can be confident that delineating
and communicating that quality will assist the process
of resolution and the courageous ascension to which
man is called. As Americans of the 21st Century, we are
obliged and privileged to join our forebears and participate
in this continuing paradigm proclamation.

The way we define 'human' determines our view of self,
others, relationships, institutions, life, and future. Many
problems in human experience are the result of false
and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe.
The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human
reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the
intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it
perceives and measures values.

Humanism makes man his own standard of measure.
However, as with all measuring systems, a standard
must be greater than the value measured. Based on
preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal
nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton
task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-
tites, desires, feelings, emotions, - and glands.

Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament,
cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
lacks a predictive capability. Thus, his man-made criteria
rises no higher than eyebrows - and too often, no higher
than pubic hair! Without instinct or transcendent criteria,
humanism cannot evaluate options with foresight and
vision for progression and survival. Lacking foresight,
man is blind to potential consequence and is unwittingly
committed to mediocrity, collectivism, averages, and re-
gression - and worse. Humanism is an unworthy worship.

The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with
a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-
ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and
validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-
ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-
sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and
thereby lack what only the Bible has:

1.Transcendent Criteria and
2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival
equipment for today and the future. Only the Creator,
who made us in His own image, is qualified to define
us accurately.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe. selah

- from The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 Psalm 25:12

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