The world we live in is filled with amazing structures and beautifully complex systems. Yet, the great majority of them, go by every day unobserved by most people!
Where exactly does the mind-blowing power of observation reside?
It resides beyond our physical eyes, which are mere instruments through which our mind can peek into the outside world. Thus, the power of observation resides upon our critical-thinking skills which, in most cases and with most minds, have been constrained and thwarted.
A simple example to show the power of observation is Velcro. What can be simpler than a hook and a piece of cloth? Yet, to most people, this simple connection went unobserved for hundreds of years. Well, at least no one did anything about it until George De Mestral conceptualized the hook and loop idea after returning from a hunting trip with his dog in the Alps in 1941. The rest is history.
A much more complex example of the power of observation was that Simon Newcomb who in 1881 noticed in a book with logarithm tables that the earlier pages that started with 1 were much more worn than the other pages. Newcomb proposed a law that the probability of a single number N being the first digit of a number was equal to log(N + 1) − log(N). This phenomenon was noticed again in 1938 by the physicist Frank Benford.
One can also imagine a simple road sign (with and without reflective paint) before a narrow turn while driving during a rainy and dark night. Or an emergency sign, etc. These simple signs can very well be the difference between life and death.
Examples like these abound. The point I’m making is that we all have the ability, i.e., opportunity and resources, to observe the world around us in infinite ways and, therefore, we could all think of infinite possibilities to make it better.
The missing ingredient, though, seems to be the desire to do so. We seem too busy to stop, observe, and think. We have been pushed into a frenzy of a never-ending catching up looking back at worst, and into the immediate future at best. Thinking five, twenty years ahead, seems like a useless exercise to most people!
We need to stop. And reflect. And desire a positive change. The power of desire cannot be over stated!
The desire has to come from within and must be based on a higher purpose in order to be sustainable and not just a fad or a whim.
As the saying goes “Necessity is the mother of all inventions.”
So, this is an open invitation, to wake up from your mortal life and start your path towards Moksha by developing your Dharma. Thus, making the most of your travel within this dimension of time and space by exercising to the fullest your critical-thinking skills through the power of observation!
To the Health and the Power of Your Observations!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an independent consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.