Going on a straight path, without hesitation directly to your target. That is why I call going linear. When you move with curves you are constantly changing your route based on internal or external dynamics. For example, everyone wants to solve the plastics floating in the ocean but hardly anyone has everything in place to solve the problem. Either your internal dynamics; your cognition, dedication or pitch is not in place. Or you external dynamics; like your parents or social environment don’t recognize your path. But being a linearity is focused upon the internal dynamics, how linear can you move, can you make decisions? It’s almost impossible to get directly what you want, and to even know what you want. But once you do, you could be considered to be a linearity. And this has many advantages which I will describe in this blog.

The internal linearity
Imagine you know exactly what you want. You’ll bow for no one, no one can be in your path. Your dedication makes you walk through a straight line. Like a indestructible tank on the battlefield, like Godzilla in a city, like a hot knife in a cube of butter. When things are in your way, you will bend them. Great leaders have this quality. They have just a view ideals that they hold on to, an end-goal in sight. Showing linearity makes it easy to understand their cause. You’ll know what kind of steps they need to take to reach their goal. Linearity’s are quite predictable. They do not change suddenly, they do not bend easily. In science, movies, and music we try to find linearity within the patterns to increase our understanding of the rhythm, to understand what is going on, and to know the next steps. Linearity gives us certainty, something to hold on to. In a world full of curves, like failed promises, or sudden discourses, linearity’s are great to hold on too. When you admit what your goal is when you are with people, they understand why you are there. If you run a company and have an end-goal in sight, your employees know what they’ll need to do to support you. When you drive with a linear speed across the street, people can understand your course. Your linear path reduces distraction, uncertainty, and makes you someone to rely on, someone to follow, someone with a course.

How I imagine linearity, thick straight lines represent clusters of people going linear paths (one paradigm), while curvy paths follow (with unclear or multiple paradigms)

 

External linearity
But it is hard to be a linearity, because you need to know your end-goal, you can’t hesitate, you can’t curve. There are the internal dynamics that make yourself wanting to change course. Secondly, there are also the external dynamics that directly influence your course, or influence your internal dynamics that make yourself want to change course. The external dynamics are the largest influence of your course. Because in a normal environment, it is almost impossible that everything flows with your direction. If you want to clean the ocean’s plastic, you could only follow your linear path in an environment that is not working against you. They’ll block your linear path, or they’ll influence your thoughts making you want to change your direction. A King for example, is more likely to follow a linear path. His environment molds around his path, because he has assistance, generals and leaders following his commands. His subordinates hardly give him feedback that make him think about changing his course (in a classic Kingdom). The King’s subordinates are almost forced to take the same linear path as the King is taking. On the other side, for children it is almost impossible to follow a linear path. Their parents and teachers constantly change their paths by influencing their minds. Hardly no child has a linear path in mind, and has an option to have an inherent path. Normal people without a huge income, supporting family or social environment could ever find a linear path. Manipulation, money, and threats are ways to keep your linearity.

A combination of the self and the environment
In modern times, entrepreneurs are a relative good example of linear people. They have a linear path with their business and are often able to mold the environment towards their linear path. Employees follow their linear path towards a common goal, the goal initiated by the entrepreneur. But in modern times, there is a huge risk in being linear, mainly because the environment is huge and vastly dynamic. The courses of humanity change quickly through innovation and disruptive technology. Being able to go a linear path, without adapting to the environment seems like an impossible thing to do in the modern era. This one of the reasons why politicians are struggling that much today. They can’t have clear goals and linear paths, because every few months something new blocks their way that deserves attention, and thus requires change. And because of that, they fail with their (linear) promises and loose the faith of the public. Instead, politicians make ambiguous promises or complex goals to keep up their linear appearance. Linearity seem to have lost the game in Europe, but in the US and in China, linearity seem to be winning. In these examples, leaders are heavily influencing their environment to keep their linear path, and avoid internal deviation. Trump is firing everyone who doesn’t agree with them, and I don’t know exactly what they do in China. But changing your environment is an effective way to keep up linearity, but as mentioned, this is almost impossible to do.

Feedback and changing course
In modern times, social media is a large influencer of the courses of our “linear” leaders. Through trending topics, leaders are forced to respond and often change their path. Basically, social media (but also voting and discussions) act as feedback mechanism to the leaders of our country, but also to you personally. Feedback could make you change your path and direction. By processing feedback, you change your inherent linearity but you align better with the linearity of the ones who you provide the feedback. For example, if an politician is asked to stop drilling at the North Pole by his supporters (who strive for sustainability), the politician could align with his supporters by stopping with drilling. As a result, the politician looses his own linearity, but he aligns with a large linearity; his supporters.

Conclusions
As I’ve mentioned in other blogs; it is quite impossible to keep your inherent linearity and make all the different parts align with your path. Therefore, using the disorder from the environment to change your own system is the way to thrive as a system, at the edge of chaos. Nevertheless, a system should always try to keep inherent linearity, and find coherent linearity within its environment to sustain itself; aka, finding like minded-people that can support you. Because linearity gives you certainty, a direction, and a goal. A cause within this dynamic world full of non-linear waves.

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