Paradigm. In the past decade, this word seems to have taken on a life of its own. A paradigm is the theoretical or philosophical framework for thinking. It’s the model from which our perspective is built. It’s been the buzzword in the call for fresh thinking and new ways of doing things. Many refer to a Paradigm Shift, but I daresay we need more than Shift; it’s time for demolition & new construction.
I think life is more accurately defined by Paradox. A paradox is a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is true. Servant leadership is one example. Steel Magnolias. To gain your own life you must lose it. You only truly keep that which you give away. All paradoxical statements.
Paradigms are linear and one-dimensional. Paradox pushes one to think outside the triangle (get it?). The complex times we live in require us to think multi-dimensionally; there’s the right-brain and left-brain thinkers, the details as well as the big picture, the economic, societal, political and environmental ramifications as well as the logical, relational and physical effects . Whew. That’s a lot of considerations and that’s not even all of them.
The good news is there is a way to think multi-dimensionally. The word for what we really need is Wisdom. The source of wisdom is not of this world, it’s from another realm – the Kingdom of God. We can not only have the ear of the King of Kings, we can know His mind. Now that’s wisdom and insight that extends beyond ourselves – truly multi-dimensional! That’s something our world needs more of.
We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. ~C. S. Lewis