Reflection: This week, balance.

If we are to do our best work in the face of constant uncertainty, perhaps we must first hone our inner virtues as guidance. So here in these notes I'll be reflecting on various themes. This week, balance.

Management professor Peter Pruzan asked corporate executives to articulate their personal values, getting responses like ‘good health’, ‘honesty’, ‘beauty’, ‘love’, and ‘peace of mind.’ Later, in a seemingly unrelated exercise, the same executives were asked about the organizational values that govern their daily business decisions, prompting responses like ‘power’, ‘competitiveness’, ‘efficiency’, and ‘productivity.’ In her book Monoculture, the psychology researcher FS Michaels describes this scenario and many other staples of modern life as a kind of unbalanced schizophrenia

Tensegrity is a term that first started taking root about 60 years ago in attempts to understanding complex inter-related forces. The Tensegrity Wiki notes that "whether you are building a business, designing household objects, or trying to live sustainably in a resource-challenged world, tensegrity offers innovative ways of thinking about how parts and wholes interact." A small collection of artists' explorations in tensegrity here

Balance need not always be static. By The School Of Life's account, renowned philosopher Hegel believed that the world makes progress but only by lurching from one extreme to another, as it seeks to overcompensate for a previous mistake. He proposed that it generally takes three moves before the right balance on any issue can be found.

As I lurch forward here, a heartfelt thanks to those who have been taking notice of the scarves in the shop below, as well as those who have sharing and double-tapping like—these things go a long way. More to follow.

Together in balance,

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