The Failure of Context

As uncle Albert suggests, the context in which we might seek to solve our problems, can fail. There is no “solution” from within our accepted and comfortable ways of thinking about things. This means there are two options, grind out the same old thinking and get frustrated or take the bold perhaps scary approach of changing our ways of thinking and doing. I guess that it is only after we have been around the frustration loop time and again, that we might change. But then again, we could always give it several more iterations just to be sure that it is not working. It is my observation that people tend to prefer the frustration loop over anything even slightly radical. When the “tried and tested” fails, we can feel stymied. We do not want to lose face nor admit defeat, especially if “winning” is important to us. So like goats we bash our heads against the wall, over and over.

There are a few “problems” in life which are not solvable within our standard frame of reference.

It takes some courage to step outside the beloved frame and not everyone can do this or even attempt it. It requires something new and not derivative. A creative spark is needed, and this must be incubated a bit before it can be used. Because put a spark together with a damp squib and the squib wins. As a rule of thumb, people are more than a little resistant to letting go of the “tried and tested” even if they have already noticed that it doesn’t work.

“Mahomet cald the Hill to come to him. And when the Hill stood still, he was neuer a whit abashed, but said; If the Hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet wil go to the hill.”

Francis Bacon

This problem of failure of context is not a new thing. If the frustration builds it can lead to an outburst of violence. If you can’t solve the problem, smash it up, throw it in the bin and sulk.

The failure of context leads to an impasse. One cannot go forward, one cannot go back, in that context. Until the “problem” is re-framed it remains unsolvable. Sometimes even if we are offered a change in context which might unlock the problem, we lack the willingness and humility to accept it even as a notion. That desire to be right, or appear right, can hold sway over our need or wish to solve “the problem”. To accept the key is to change our local world-ordering. And so, we go for more iterations of goaty-mc-goat-face.