The System is defined as a sum of its parts
No matter your place in The System, in any of the quadrants, The System remains the sum of all its parts. That means that your place is diminutive to The System. You may be the wealthiest, richest, most powerful, most knowledgeable, and etc. on earth, but you are still relegated to the lower position vis-à-vis The System. A good example is when after you are dead, slowly but consistently, your record vanishes. Although you were a giant in your time, your being remembered is subject to The System’s agenda, power and how it determines you should be remembered. Eventually, all your glories and trophies will vanish and remain only as bones or ashes.
It is, therefore, foolhardy to believe that you are above The System. You may carry that mentality only as long as you are alive and retain enormous resources. But once you are dead and gone, The System will decide how it wants you to be remembered or not remembered at all. So, each day you are alive, play your role in your quadrant; expose your talents, create value and add value to your quadrant. To be able to remain relevant to your time and quadrant, document your accomplishments, love your neighbors as you love yourself, invest enormous amount of time in your family, and help as many people as possible to succeed and reach their potential. It is great foolishness to live only for your tummy – however how wealthy or powerful you are, you cannot exhaust the earth (life)’s resources alone. Help those who are not as privileged as you – invest in the poor and the disadvantaged, daily, or whenever you have the means and opportunity to do so.
This is the same reason why pure Capitalism, the craving for absolute gain and personal ownership, is similarly unwise. People should have a right to own property and amass capital. But the people should also be taught to share with those who may not be as lucky or privileged or resourceful as them. Capitalism should, in the main, ascribe to a social agenda as its ultimate goal.
The System functions as constituent of its parts
Although The System is defined a sum of its parts, The System, however, functions as individual parts. This is the reason why pure Socialism and Communism have failed. These systems attempted to function as sum of the parts. There is no permissible avenue for The System to function as a whole. First, because although individuals define themselves as part of the whole, they prefer, and it is humane, to function as individuals because they want to leave their own
marks in The System.
Second and last, individuals make up The System. The sense of belonging and of being part of the whole may motivate them to do more to be part of the entire arrangement. However, the desire for accolades, to be credited and recognized, is a true human quality that should not be sacrificed. When individuals are sequestered and recognized for what they have – individually – accomplished, it creates in them special energy to do more and be more useful to The System. The opposite is the case if such individuals are overlooked or ignored. This is what breed delinquency and defiance, leading to social misfitism and societal collapse.
This is the essence and central theme of freedom. Freedom means that in the context of the whole, individuals still are recognized for their unique talents and contributions and credited with such accolades, accordingly. If someone else is taking the credit that is rightfully another person’s or if a central authority (such as a Government) denies people the freedom to express themselves, The System will eventually collapse. It will collapse because it will lack the necessary motivation (glue) that unites and puts The System together and ensures its survival.
The System is experienced according to one’s position in The System (System-Maker; System-Maintainer; or System Grinder)
The System confines and limits people to their quadrant. This is not similar to tribalism, caste system, racialism or class structuralism. They do not overlap, either. The System is different. Tribalism, castism, class structuralism or racialism (and even racism) may be present in any of the quadrants. These are based on man’s desire to be superior to other humans. These have cultural propensities.
The idea of quadrants in The System is a classless designation. It transcends race, culture, tribe, or any other physical or social characteristics. It is present despite all these characteristics. Modern society’s problem is not a cultural one. The increase in the knowledge of human anatomy, geographical placements, social media interactions, cultural integration and assimilations, have relegated the past ignorance propagated through tribalism, racialism/racism or castism or class structuralism to oblivion. The world is now a global village – and through the Internet, globalism has made humans more aware of their inherent, intrinsic values.
The System exists despite all this knowledge: Scientific, technological, social innovations, or otherwise. The System, though, may indirectly draw its strength from historical injustices and inequalities. The lines are drawn; people may enter the system through no choice of theirs. However, people retain the choice to relocate (move) from one quadrant to another.
Tools of The System
How we enter into The System is determined by who and where we were born. To move up and down The System requires deliberation and choice. To do so, one has to use the following tools:
The Mind is the first tool of liberation or bondage. Once the mind is captured, the rest of the person simply follows. Similarly, once the mind is liberated, freedom is simply a heart-beat away. Preparation first takes place in the mind. If the mind is not ready, victory will be elusive or hard to attain. The thinker has the first warranty to destiny. After a deliberate good thought, the other faculties simply carry out the mission. If you have not thought-out an idea properly it is unlikely that you will marshal enough resilience and energy to carry out the actual mission. If the mind is dead or inactive, the person’s capacity to achieve anything in life is reduced.
Fertilizing your mind with good and progressive thoughts, enhance the chances to success. Oppression, persecution and repression shrink the mind and break the spirit. It is the same approach dictators and oppressive governments take. To dominate people, they first shrink their minds and break their spirits. The best way to defend against oppression and repression is to feed people with truth and knowledge about who they are and what they are capable of doing. When people become enlightened with their inalienable rights and abilities which have been endowed to them by their Creator, they begin to reject labels leveled against them. The mind is the greatest tool (and weapon) for freedom, and sadly, too, for enslavement. Liberate the minds, liberate the nation!
Chances and Opportunities
Chances and Opportunities happen to all. Once a chance comes, it must be utilized. Wasting chances and opportunities will lead to stagnation and lack of progress. It is better to prepare so that once the chance comes, you will be ready to make a move. To move from a System-Grinder to a System Maintainer, for instance, requires having and acquiring a correct mindset, preparation and movement when a chance presents itself or it is created.
The movement from one System quadrant to another is made easier with the right networks. There are already people who have experienced the quadrant to desire or they have already the path paved. Connecting with the right people will make the transition easier and quicker.
Basic and Quality Education
One of the most powerful tools of getting entrance into the higher quadrants is basic but quality education. Basic education has the highest likelihood of mass relocations from the Grinders into the Maintainers, and even into the Makers.
The philosophy of a nation, whether for progress, innovation, technology, economic conquest or political stability and creativity, is shaped by the academic (educational) sector of that nation, especially through its educators, teachers and learning facilities and materials. There are five reasons for that:
First, a nation’s brains are chiseled early in the classroom. The earlier children are exposed to quality, problem-solving education, the earlier they will begin to think progressively, innovatively and abstractly.
Second, the nation’s young brains spend more time of their early life in the classroom. The current trend all over the world is that children spend at least five to six years in class with a teacher. A well-trained teacher with necessary learning materials is the first influencer a child encounters outside of its home, assuming that the child learns at home.
Third, educators and teachers are perceived, and, in fact, are generally considered as thought-planters. They are defacto thought-leaders, because they fill the children’s tabula rasa blain, according to John Locke, with information and knowledge those children may not have been exposed to prior.
Fourth, before the age of 12, children’s brains can habitually remember things (rote learning) – and this is a good foundation for empiricism and abstraction for future exploitation.
And fifth, it is in the classroom with a teacher that a citizen begins to fall in love with notions of patriotism and national building (through such subjects as Geography, Civics, Mathematics, Sciences, Communication, and etc.) These are not just subjects; they are instruments of change. And a young brain is just learning to be a responsible citizen. Children who are exposed to early learning, especially to Civics, will be conscious of their civic duties to vote later on in life. they will understand that in modern democratic societies, a vote actually cast, is the loudest voice for change.
Therefore, if you want to have a nation of responsible, diligent, innovative or experiment-loving citizens, you MUST first and foremost invest in its future, the young brains. You need to give them quality and well-paid teachers, well-equipped classrooms, and better-researched and relevant books.
It is a contradiction in terms that politicians and the voters neglect this and tend to emphasize short-term ingratiation at the expense of real, long-lasting solutions. The role of any government in power should be two-fold; To set in motion legislation that encourages learning though-provocation, experimental learning, problem-solving and abstract discernment. And then, to empower teachers and educators through good pay, sound conditions of service, availability of learning materials, and involvement in continuous professional development, especially by exposing them to other educational models around the world that have produced geniuses who have gone to innovate and champion technological spurts.
Great nations are only great because of what has been bequeathed to them, usually through education and teachers. In Third World countries, it must be an urgent call to prioritize basic but quality education. This will relocate masses from the shackles of the Grinders into the higher quadrants.
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