Thursday, October 21, 2010

Perturbation at midlife

One of my teachers * draws heavily upon the work of Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. He applies Prigogine's understanding of unstable systems in the natural world as way to describe the process by which humans grow and change. The basic idea seems to be that nature on all levels is continually disassembling under pressure, but is also subsequently reassembling into a new order. For example, what we know as coal , under great pressure, moves through chaos and reorders as an entirely new form we know as diamond. The pressure itself is know as 'perturbation'. Well midlife can be very perturbing can't it? Maybe it is also a naturally occurring process of chaos,pressure,and reordering. How then do we survive the pressure?
(*Blair Singer, business and organizational consultant)

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