Disruption is an almost organic need of breaking latency.
Latency is slowing down expansion by keeping one is a state of inaction. Latency has its roots in outdated structure and in being complacent with a given, even if it is toxic.
People are victims of habit. More than 90% of the thoughts we have in a day are the same as the day before. So it seems we spend a lot of time actualizing the same mind patterns, following the same structures, activities, hobbies, interactions, discussion topics, etc.
While it’s beneficial to some, as they’ve evolved and have reached a state in which they invest most of their time in worthy activities, it’s very detrimental to the people that are lost in time and latent. You see, there are a lot of people that haven’t updated their life and mind according to the present context. They are blind to what technology has to offer and how it evolved, they are ignorant of the present possibilities, the ubiquity of information and the ease of accessing it.
Unfortunately, these people are also the most convinced by their ways. Their fear of updating (and coming into contact with new information) forces them into becoming strong believers of the old ways of conducting oneself. They’re not isolated by the rest of the world, so they not only limit their own expansion, but also cause harm to the people that they interact with and are easy to influence.
Such people create structures that are impossible to update. Think of how rigid are companies built and how corrupt are political structures. Most are run on a need-to-know bases, so they create a gap in understanding context.
Most people that are trapped in such a structure have long lost their ability to bring positive influence, and are simply just wheels in a complex mechanism they don’t understand. Unfortunately, this structures are built in such a way, that its people will protect it at every level. They are taught to do so, so that they don’t lose their position.
This is brainwashing at its best – they are creating prisoners of a system, prisoners that put their own handcuffs and protect the prison from elements that come from the outside to liberate them.
Such structures are doomed to fail in the near future because they’re built on principles that have no place in the upcoming perspective shift. They are built on centralization of power and influence, they have a strict hierarchy that’s not based on added value, but on arbitrary imposed authority. It’s built upon creating need and keeping people prisoners of that need.
All of this comes in direct conflict to our human nature. Throughout history we’ve identified what kept us trapped and we’ve escaped it. Prison breaking is innate and no form of prison can keep us from being free.
So, the big companies that we know today will be forced to update their structure. For most, this will prove impossible so they’ll fail. The auto industry is on the verge of bankruptcy. Upon bringing self-driving electric cars mainstream, there will be no need of possessing a personal car. Car manufacturing companies are highly dependent on the sale of large volume. While the sale of new cars will drop, they’ll shatter from within.
This is only one example of the true power of disruption. Disruption will take place in many mainstream industries in the next few years though, because we are in a time where innovation is in full exponential expansion.
There are a lot of experts discussing such topics and the transformation new technology is bringing puzzles even the most trained futurists. We’ll experience it all first hand. I’m optimist about it and believe that good things are to come in the near, near future.
But for the purpose of this book I’d like to discuss latency and disruption at a personal level, as it’s were it brings amazing transformation, if understood correctly.
I think there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind by now that latency is detrimental. But, just to paint the full picture here, it’s because it’s in direct conflict to our purpose of evolving.
Evolving is infinite. There is no achieving absolute knowledge, and the more we learn about a subject the more complex and broad it gets. We need to focus on expanding as much as possible and latency is keeping us from achieving this purpose.
Latency means living in slow evolving patterns and it makes us waste time. It is living in the past. The world around is evolving on an ever increasing pace, and we simply can’t afford lingering in the past. We need to adapt and this implies direct action, it implies waking up from the slumber and start getting involved.
To get rid of latency we need to develop disruptive systems. Editing old ones is not enough. It is not efficient and most of the times is simply inapplicable.
So, the structures we create to take us out of latency must be designed and implemented in parallel, and used to overwrite and override the old structures. Forget about making the effort of trying to find solutions to fix the system, while a better option is available. This option implies building structures from scratch that are not altered by latent mindsets and values. The principles by which the new structure is built are untainted by selfish goals, and are fully transparent. Each section takes into account the context and is built on an understanding of the whole, not on a need to know basis.
I’ll outline the mechanics of disrupting on a personal level using generic pillars, below. This is a broad structure and must be adapted to fit each scenario individually. Consider it flexible and adjust it accordingly. The most important thing here is to start the process and find resolution. Do not get stuck on a framework.
How do we disrupt on a personal level, when the pattern refers to things that are not abstract?
- Identify the outdated pattern
- Understand what was the initial need that birth it
- Make simulations of alternatives and identify the extra benefits you can add
- Understand what are the resources the old pattern needed and how you can optimize with the new one
- Understand the context, and if it’s in congruence with the current innovations and technology trends
- Take action! Completely ignore and override the old pattern and invest all focus on implementing the new one.
Let’s see how this applies on the owning a car scenario.
- My outdated pattern was owning a car. I used it several times per week. 99% of the time for small, under 20 km trips.
- I needed to get around, and enjoyed the comfort it brought and the social confirmation.
- My alternative is using a ride sharing company like Uber for longer trips (over 5 km) and days of unfavorable weather. Outside of that I’ll make use of a small, personal electric scooter.
- Owning a car implies an initial large investment for buying it, paying road and other taxes, buying fuel, paying for repairing and general maintenance, driving it (which may be stressful on highly congested roads), parking it (added expense and waste of time in crowded cities). Using Uber and the electric scooter, on the other hand, implies a very small first investment to buy the scooter, no tax, no fuel, no repairing or maintenance, no parking. Even more so, if I get stuck in traffic while using Uber, I can use the time to read/research. If I’m using the scooter, I’ll just enjoy the ride, while checking out the city. The cost of using a ride sharing service is just a small fraction of the cost of owning a car, and I kind of get a personal driver included.
- Is the world heading in a direction where owning a car is not the norm anymore? Yes, the rise of ride sharing companies and self-driving technology support this claim boldly.
- Time to take action! Sell your car, buy an electric scooter (bicycle or whatever suits your purpose) and start enjoying the added benefits.
How do we disrupt on a personal level when the pattern refers to abstract things?
- Identify the outdated pattern.
- Identify your present need and what the old pattern is preventing you from getting.
- Identify its source.
- Make simulation of what disrupting the pattern will impact.
- Identify how you disrupt the pattern.
- Submit to disruption and have patience.
Let’s see how this applies:
Let’s say you have a poor relationship with a sibling, you are not getting the respect and attention you are giving. You are trying to earn his/her love and appreciation, but it’s just not happening:
- The outdated pattern is the interaction with the sibling.
- The present need is getting love, attention and appreciation
- The pattern was installed in childhood.
- Disrupting this pattern will directly impact the relationship. It may break it for a while, in order to reset it. Other family members will be impacted, and some may not understand the reasoning.
- One way of disrupting it is stopping any interaction for a period of time, which will force your sibling to research the reasons (and not have them explained by you).
- Because of the fact that the pattern was installed in childhood and the other is in a position of power (getting love and appreciation from you) explaining what upsets you will do not good. The immune system of the pattern will react, and you’ll get no resolution. More likely your sibling will not understand your motives and position and will, in fact say you’re at fault. You need to stop the interaction altogether. This will disrupt the old patterns and in time, make room for a new ones. A reset must occur. Patching up the old pattern will not work.
Bear with me while I explain:
The above is an example derived from a situation that occurred in my life. I was ignorant of the source for many years. Using my Observer was needed in order to identify it, accurately. I was caught in the inertia of trying to get attention and earn appreciation. Of course, nothing I ever did was enough, because the structure that my brother used to perceive me had nothing to do with my present self. The structure was an old one, installed in early childhood. He, out of inertia, perceived me using that old structure. Back then (early childhood) he saw me as a nuisance. This pattern was so deeply rooted that nothing I was doing now was going to change that. In exchange for a lot of energy invested in trying to earn his love, I only ever got back tolerance. He was tolerating my presence, feeding on the love and respect I was giving him. This was always a one way street – he was feeding on my respect and in return he was giving no respect. Why? Because this is how nature works – the powerful prey on the weak. I was perceived as weak. My appreciation and respect was giving him power and he could never give appreciation and respect back because this meant losing power. Trying to explain he’s not seeing me for who I’m now (and that many of his reactions are not reasonable) only made the situation worse. The immune system of the structure that was installed in childhood was reacting. Of course it would alter all reasoning, in order to survive and not be uninstalled. So, my brother had no reason for changing his perception of me, as long as it was keeping him in a position of power. So what other solution was there than breaking this whole cycle? This meant I’d stop all interaction (and give no explanation on what the reasoning behind this choice was). In time, this uninstalled how he perceived me (the old structure) because what was feeding it (my constant love and attention seeking) was interrupted. So, I let the pattern starve out. After a while, when we started interacting again, my position was not of giving attention and love, but being passive and self-sufficient. This disrupted the old pattern and a new one was installed. The new one was based on present structure and did not carry within the old toxic elements. So you see, disruption takes its toll, but it’s often the only way.
There are a lot of people in our lives that are vampires of sorts. Some will feed upon the respect, the love, the attention, the support and the energy you give. Virtually any type of energy you give may be consumed. As vampires, they’ll keep you in a mesmerized state – you’ll not be aware of this transfer taking place. Also, this is not symbiotic – you’re getting nothing back. Your giving is not appreciated, but taken for granted. This type of interaction is highly toxic for everyone involved. It must be stopped because of the highly destructive implications that are not even immediately apparent.
You need to use your Observer to identify all of these channels in which you only give, and empower the other to your detriment.
The implication are far greater than you first expect. They may just be life altering!
Notice there’s a big chance, while choosing your significant other that one of the filters you apply may be: “will marrying this girl make me look good in the eyes of my family?” Are you marrying the girl out of love, or to feed a pattern that dictates how she must be, in order to please the ones that you’re seeking approval of?
There are many layer of complexity here. You need a very powerful Observer to become aware of the real reasons why you’re having a poor relationship with a person that holds an important role in your life. These types of patterns are deeply rooted and usually hide under other structures. You need to undergo a very complex perspective shift in order to empower your Observer to create awareness on such a deep level. Undergoing the reasonable updates I’ve outlined above will give you such power. Spend as much time as needed on them to deeply root the new perspective.
One other thing to notice here is that latency plays a big part in these types of interactions. Interactions between family members may run on a very latent patterns. It’s usually years or even decades since these structures were first formed and last updated. If the patterns output a healthy relationship, then no update is needed, but if the patterns’ output is toxic, then updating only your part of the interaction is not enough. A disruption must take place in order to impact the other person’s patterns as well. The specifics of each interaction may only be observed and resolved personally. Please note that latency is never your friend, and it must be disrupted.